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FAQs for Medical Records

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Advance Care Planning

If you are 18 or older, and mentally competent, then you have the right to make decisions about your medical care. Advanced directives are legal forms that outline your decisions. 

You can send a copy of your advance care planning document to HIM via email: HIMROI@wakemed.org  HIM will import this information into your medical record.

If you interested in preparing an advance care planning document and need assistance, please visit Spiritual Care Advance Care Planning.  

Birth and Death Certificates

WakeMed does not provide copies of birth or death certificates.

Please contact the County Register of Deeds Offices to obtain birth and death certificates Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates | Wake County Government

Contact Us

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm

919-350-8370 and select the appropriate prompt.

Mailing Address

WakeMed Health & Hospitals 
Attn: HIM Department 
3000 New Bern Avenue 
Raleigh, NC  27610

Fax Numbers

Requests for Copies of Records: 919-350-1720

Patient Care (Providers and Healthcare Facilities): 919-350-7985


Requests for Copies of Records: HIMROI@wakemed.org  

Please keep in mind that communications via email may not be secure.  Although unlikely, there is a possibility that information you include in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties beside the person to whom it is addressed.  For secure transmission of sensitive information, including this form, we recommend corresponding via fax or USPS mail.

Medical Record Corrections

According to WakeMed’s Notice of Privacy Practices, you can request a correction using the Amendment to Protected Health Information (PHI) Form. WakeMed will decide whether the health information is incorrect or incomplete and revise your health record accordingly. You will be notified of the decision, in writing, as quickly as possible, but no later than 60 days, unless you are notified of the need for a one-time 30-day extension. 

Decedent Records

If you need to request a copy of a deceased patient’s record, you will be asked to provide the following documentation:

  1. Copy of the death certificate
  2. Completed authorization form
  3. Court documentation: If the decedent had an estate, court documentation must indicate the name of the legal executor/administrator
  4. No legal document: In the case in which there is no estate, the surviving spouse or next of kin will need to complete the Affidavit of Surviving Spouse or Next of Kin Form

Imaging Records

Requests for 210PET Imaging

Patients requesting 210PET Imaging may complete and return the 210PET Imaging Authorization to Release Medical Information, as these requests require a separate authorization.

Requests for other Imaging (X-rays, CTs, MRIs, etc.)

Many facilities can receive electronic images through PowerShare.  You can select PowerShare on your Authorization to Release Healthcare Information form. If you select PowerShare, and your provider is unable to accept electronic images, WakeMed will mail a CD to the provider you indicate as recipient.

If you request a personal copy of a CD of your imaging studies, you will need to allow 48-hours for processing.

Legal Requests

Attorneys for Non-Subpoenaed Requests Fax to

datavant at 919-350-8991

Court Orders and Subpoenas Mail to

WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Attn:  Office of Legal Affairs

3000 New Bern Avenue

Raleigh, NC 27610

Please note that N.C. Gen. Stat. § 8-53 and the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 42 C.F.R. § 164.512 restrict when medical records can be produced.  WakeMed generally can provide such records only in response to a valid court order from a North Carolina or federal court with appropriate jurisdiction or a HIPAA-compliant patient authorization. 

Release of Information Restrictions

According to WakeMed’s Notice of Privacy Practices, you have the right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information (PHI). WakeMed may not be required to abide by your request. If WakeMed agrees to any request for restriction of your PHI, WakeMed staff will honor such request unless disclosure of information is required by applicable law; unless required to provide you with emergency medical treatment; or until you terminate the restriction in writing.   

Notice of Privacy Practices

WakeMed identifies how your information is shared in our Notice of Privacy Practices. Anytime your information is released as required by law, an entry is made in our disclosure log. You can request to see these entries for anytime frame during the past 6 years by completing the Request for an Accounting of Disclosures Form.