One of the many features of MyChart is the ability for parents/guardians to have proxy access to their child’s information. (Photo: UHS)

In this age of digital technology, UHS is making big strides in streamlining and improving the way that patients and families connect with their healthcare providers.  With telemedicine technology that allows virtual provider visits to the launch of Epic, the nation’s leading electronic health record system, staying connected to your health and your family’s health is easier than ever before through .

With UHS’ patient portal, MyChart, once you have created an account, you can connect with your provider or hospital from anywhere, using a mobile app from your handheld device, a laptop or a desktop computer.  This gives you secure, on-the-go access.

One of the many features of MyChart is the ability for parents/guardians to have proxy access to their child’s information and for adults to grant permission to a proxy who can access all or some of the health information in their electronic medical record. These designated proxies are permitted by the patient or have the appropriate legal documentation to view medical information and communicate with the patient’s care team. Unlike a healthcare proxy, a MyChart proxy does not have the authority to make medical decisions on behalf of the patient solely by being the MyChart proxy.

Reasons You Should Have MyChart Proxy Access

  • As a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 12, you know that kids always get sick after the provider’s office has closed. Once you sign up at your child’s provider practice you can schedule an appointment anytime, anywhere – no more waiting on the phone to make an appointment.  Print out immunization records for school or sports at your convenience or message your child’s provider with questions about your child’s care.
  • Due to State of New York adolescent legal protections regarding privacy, if your child is between 12-17 years of age, you can be granted limited access at your child’s provider practice to request appointments, view immunization records and send messages to your child’s healthcare provider.  Once the minor reaches 18 years of age, your proxy access is no longer active, but can be re-established by the patient at any time.
  • If you are caring for an aging parent or loved one having adult to adult proxy access is a great way to stay informed of their test results, appointments, medications and much more.  Your loved one can request adult-to-adult proxy for you at their provider practice.

MyChart is one more way UHS is helping you stay connected to your healthcare team. It’s free, easy to use and private.

For more information on MyChart, visit

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