MyMidMichigan Proxy Access for Minor Patients (Patients Under Age 18)
Parents and legal guardians are eligible for full proxy access to their child's account, unless the child is legally emancipated. Full proxy access enables you to view all information in the child's MyMidMichigan account. You may also perform tasks on behalf of the patient, such as requesting appointments or prescription renewals, sending or receiving secure messages and granting or revoking proxy access.
If the legal guardian is not the biological parent, the requester must provide a copy of the Court Order Appointing Guardian and Letters of Guardianship verifying the requester's status as permanent legal guardian.
Certain age-related limitations apply to minor accounts. These limitations do not affect any legal rights you have to access your child's medical records by other means. To request a copy of your child's records, please contact the provider's office or medical center where they received treatment.
- Age 0-10: The parent or guardian is eligible for full proxy access, and MidMichigan Health will send updated health information to the child's MyMidMichigan account as it becomes available.
- Age 11-17: MyMidMichigan access is not available for children ages 11-17 at this time. This is required to ensure that certain parts of the minor's record remain protected. This does not alter your right to request the child's medical record by contacting Health Information Management.
- Age 18 or older: When the patient turns 18, proxy access will automatically be revoked. The patient may sign up for full access to their account and then delegate proxy access if desired.
- Emancipated Minors: The child is eligible for full access to their account. They must provide proof of legal emancipation. MidMichigan Health will send updated health information as it becomes available, regardless of the child's age. The child may delegate proxy access if desired.
Why doesn't medical information for children ages 11-17 get updated in their account?
Under Michigan law, minors have the right to receive certain types of medical treatment (listed below) without the consent or notification of their parent or guardian. If the minor lawfully obtained health care without the consent or notification of a parent or guardian, the minor has the exclusive right to release information relating to that care. (MCL 333.26263(n))
- Prenatal or pregnancy-related care. (MCL 333.9132, 45 CFR 164.502)
- Care for a minor child of the minor. (MCL 333.9132; 45 CFR 164.502)
- Venereal disease or HIV. (MCL 333.5127; 45 CFR 164.502)
- Substance abuse. (MCL 333.6121; 45 CFR 164.502)
- Mental health. (MCL 330.1707)
We currently do not have the ability to filter these specific types of information out of the MyMidMichigan account. Therefore, to ensure those portions of the minor's record remain protected, we require the parent or guardian to access their child's record in person or by mail, for children ages 11-17. We hope this is a temporary limitation of the software and that we will eventually be able to apply the necessary filtering to enable adolescent accounts.
How to Apply for Proxy Access
To apply for proxy access to your child's account, complete Form EMR04140 and mail it or fax it to:
Health Information Management
MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland
4000 Wellness Drive
Midland, Michigan 48670
Fax (989) 839-3035
Or you may take it to the participating provider's office or Medical Center where your child receives their care. If you are not the biological parent, you will also need to include copies of the Court Order Appointing Guardian and Letters of Guardianship verifying your status as permanent legal guardian.