Brulen, the original records are surely long gone but as my case demonstrates a record of a surgery 50+ years earlier did get carried forward. And as GS points out, the list of people who have access to your medical records is extensive. Another example, the day this past spring when I had a colonoscopy is when I met the doctor for the 1st time, and it was the 1st time I had a procedure at that hospital yet he quickly rattled off my family’s cancer history without me telling him. Certainly there is an efficiency in that kind of medical record access but at the same time there is no filtering on a need to know basis which part of your record someone would have access to. That is the problematic part, especially if it can be used in politically motivated ways such as this thread speaks to with veterans.