MyOchsner Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment Questions
What is MyOchsner?
Is there a fee to use MyOchsner?
How do I sign up for MyOchsner?
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
What about my privacy? Is it protected?
Your Medical Record
When can I see my test results in MyOchsner?
Why are certain test results not shared electronically via MyOchsner?
My doctor says I can see a summary of my office visit online. How do I view it?
How do I read my doctor's notes online?
If some of my health information on MyOchsner is not correct, what should I do?
If I send a message to my doctor, when can I expect a reply?
I can't message my doctor. How do I add my doctor to my message list?
How do I update my medication list?
Can I request a refill of my medications through MyOchsner?
How do I download a record that I requested or that has been requested for me?
Scheduling and Appointment Questions
How do I schedule an appointment with my doctor?
Why are there no appointment times available to schedule?
What is a Scheduling Ticket? How do I schedule it?
Can I choose more than one location in the appointment search?
When does the Wait List offer expire?
Why can I only add myself to the Wait List for certain appointments?
MyOchsner For My Family
Can I view a family member's health record in MyOchsner?
Can I ask questions regarding a family member from my MyOchsner account?
Can my spouse and I share one MyOchsner account?
After I Have Enrolled
I forgot my password. What should I do?
My account is disabled. What should I do?
I did not receive an activation code, or I lost it or let it expire. Can you send me a new activation code?
Where can I update my personal information (e.g., home address, e-mail or change my password)?
How do I un-enroll or deactivate my MyOchsner Account?
Billing Questions
How do I pay my bill online?
I do not see my bill online. Where is it?
I have a question about my bill. Who can I contact?
Technical Questions
How is MyOchsner secure?
What is your privacy policy?
I was logged out of MyOchsner. What happened?
What do I need to use MyOchsner?
My activation code does not work, what should I do?
Is my activation code my user ID?

What is MyOchsner?

MyOchsner offers patients personalized and secure online access to portions of their medical records. It enables patients to securely use the Internet to help manage and receive information about their health. With MyOchsner, you can:

  • Request and schedule medical appointments;
  • View your health summary from the MyOchsner electronic health record;
  • View test results;
  • Request prescription renewals;
  • Access trusted health information resources;
  • Communicate electronically and securely with your medical care team;
  • And more!
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Is there a fee to use MyOchsner?

MyOchsner is a free service offered to our patients.

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How do I sign up for MyOchsner?

Patients who wish to participate in MyOchsner can submit a form online to request access. To access this form, click the Sign Up Now button on the sign-in page, then click the Sign Up Online button and complete the form to sign up for a MyOchsner account. Patients may also be issued an activation code during a clinic visit. This code will enable you to create your own user ID and password on my.ochsner.org. If you have an activation code, click the Sign Up Now button and type in your activation code and date of birth to create a MyOchsner account.

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Who do I contact if I have further questions?

You may e-mail us at MyOchsner@Ochsner.org, or you can call our MyOchsner Patient Support line at 1-877-339-2637.

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What about my privacy? Is it protected?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule, a federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. This law applies to all forms of individual's protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral. This law requires security for health information in electronic form.
HIPAA document

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When can I see my test results in MyOchsner?

Your test results are released to your MyOchsner account within 1-7 days. Some procedures are not automatically released to the portal.

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Why are certain test results not shared electronically via MyOchsner?

Your provider can determine which types of test results are able to be accessed through MyOchsner. Test results of a very sensitive nature are not released to MyOchsner.

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My doctor says I can see a summary of my office visit online. How do I view it?

Under the Visits menu, select Appointments and Visits. You will see upcoming and past appointments. Select a past office visit to view the Visit Summary and the Notes tabs. If you would like to download your visit summary or email the summary to another doctor’s office, you can do so by clicking on the Health menu, selecting Request or Download Records, and selecting the Visit Records tile. Admission summaries provide a visit summary of an emergency room visit or hospital admission, including discharge instructions.

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How do I read my doctor's notes online?

For notes that are unavailable online, you can submit a medical records request from the Health menu. Click Request or Download records, then click on the Request Records tile. The link to submit a new medical records request is at the bottom of the list of past documents.

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If some of my health information on MyOchsner is not correct, what should I do?

Your MyOchsner information comes directly from your electronic medical record at your doctor's office. Your health information is reviewed and updated in your electronic medical record each visit. At your next clinic visit, ask your doctor to correct any inaccurate information in your chart.

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If I send a message to my doctor or nurse, when can I expect a reply?

You will generally receive an answer within 1-3 business days. Please note that MyOchsner should not be used for urgent situations. Please contact your medical center if the situation requires immediate attention, or dial 911 if it is an emergency.

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I can't message my doctor, how do I add my doctor to my message list?

The list of providers you see in MyOchsner shows your primary care doctor and doctors with whom you have an upcoming visit in the next 90 days or have had an office visit (face-to-face) in the last 3 years. If your doctor is not on your message list and meets those criteria, you can request that your doctor be added by sending a customer service message via the Ask a Question feature in the Messaging menu.

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How do I update my medication list?

From the Health tab, select Medications and click Add a Medication to submit an update to your record. Your request will be reviewed by your doctor.

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Can I request a refill of my medications through MyOchsner?

If your prescriptions are filled by an Ochsner pharmacy, you can request refills of your medications through MyOchsner. When you have run out of refills, your request will be directed to your provider for approval before the Ochsner pharmacy fills the request.

If your prescriptions are filled at a non-Ochsner pharmacy,such as CVS, you can request prescription renewals from your provider. You will need to contact your pharmacy for medication refills. If you have questions about your medications, you can send a Communicate with Your Provider message with Prescription in the subject line.

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How do I download a record that I requested or that has been requested for me?

Go to the Health menu and click on the Request or Download Records menu. Click on the Request Records tile; if a record has been requested for you, it will be available there for download. Click here for step by step.

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How do I schedule an appointment with my doctor?

From the Visits tab, select Schedule an Appointment. Please note that some specialty providers do not allow online scheduling. You can request an appointment through MyOchsner, or call 1-866-OCHSNER.

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Why are there no appointment times available to schedule?

This may occur because:

  • The schedule is full for the day.
  • The schedule has not yet been created for the selected day or time range.
  • Some specialty providers do not allow online scheduling.

You can request an appointment from the Visits tab or send a message to your provider’s office via the Message Center menu. For urgent situations, you can call your provider’s office or call the Central Scheduling department at 1-866-OCHSNER.

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What is a Scheduling Ticket? How do I schedule it?

A Scheduling Ticket is attached to an order that your provider placed for you, like a chest x-ray. The scheduling ticket makes it easier for you to schedule your own appointment, while also keeping the appointment details accurate for your provider’s office. Your provider orders these tests during an office visit. If your doctor's office does not schedule this test during regular clinic hours, you can schedule this test yourself online.

Under the Visits tab, select Schedule an Appointment. If you have any orders with scheduling tickets attached to them, they will appear under the heading for Appointments you need to schedule. Click on the tile for each order, and follow the steps to schedule the appointment.

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Can I choose more than one location in the appointment search?

Yes; you may select as many locations as you wish to choose.

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When does the Wait List offer expire?

Wait List offers are sent after clinic hours and will expire at 6am. The earlier appointment may be offered to more than one patient on a first come first serve basis.

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Why can I only add myself to the Wait List for certain appointments?

You may not add yourself to the Wait List for appointments which may require authorization, are related to a procedure, or are part of a series of appointments. For these appointments, you may contact your provider's office to request an earlier appointment or to be placed on the Wait List.

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Can I view a family member's health record in MyOchsner?

Yes; proxy access allows a parent or guardian or another adult to log into their personal MyOchsner account, and then access information regarding their family member.

To request MyOchsner proxy access for your minor dependents, log into your MyOchsner account and click the Settings menu, then click Request Family access and fill out the corresponding form. When you submit this form, it is sent to an administrator who reviews the request before granting proxy access.

MyOchsner users can request to give proxy access to their account to another adult proxy access to their account by completing an online form. Under the Settings menu, click Personalize, and select the link to Grant an adult access to your record. You can choose from 3 levels of access:

  • Full: Allows grantee to view your medical information, send messages, view billing, and schedule appointments on your behalf.
  • Read-Only: Allows grantee to view your medical information, but they cannot communicate on your behalf.
  • Communication-Only: Allows grantee to send messages, assist with billing and schedule appointments on your behalf, but they cannot to view your medical information.

If you have a medical power of attorney or need to request proxy access to another adult, you will need to print and fill out the required Adult Proxy Request Form (Legal paperwork verifying authority may be required). Submission instructions are explained on each form. You must have the Acrobat® Reader® application to view the attached files. You can download this application for free from http://get.adobe.com/reader.

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Can I ask questions regarding a family member from my MyOchsner account?

MyOchsner offers direct access to your personal health record. Any communication about another individual's information would be placed in your health record. This information would not appear in the correct health record and could potentially jeopardize medical care.

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Can my spouse and I share one MyOchsner account?

No. Due to the sensitive nature of medical information, each adult must establish their own MyOchsner account.

MyOchsner users can request to give another adult proxy access to their account using an online form. Under the Settings menu, click Personalize, and select the link to Grant an adult access to your record. You can choose from 3 levels of access:

  • Full: Allows grantee to view your medical information, send messages, view billing, and schedule appointments on your behalf.
  • Read-Only: Allows grantee to view your medical information, but they cannot communicate on your behalf.
  • Communication-Only: Allows grantee to send messages, assist with billing and schedule appointments on your behalf, but they cannot view your medical information.

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I forgot my password. What should I do?

Click the Forgot password link on the sign-in page to reset your password online You may also contact our MyOchsner Patient Support Line at 1-877-339-2637 to request a new, secure password.

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My account is disabled. What should I do?

For security purposes, your account is disabled after 10 attempts. When your account has been disabled, it must be reactivated by an administrator, who will need specific information to make sure that the correct account is being reactivated. Please email your full name, DOB, and your MyOchsner username (if you know it) to MyOchsner@ochsner.org, or call the MyOchsner Patient Support line at 1-877-339-2637 and provide the same information to reactivate your account. An administrator will contact you if any additional information is needed, and they will notify you when your account has been reactivated.

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I did not receive an activation code, or I lost it or let it expire. Can you send me a new activation code?

You may follow the Sign Up Now link and Request an account online at my.ochsner.org. After your information is verified, you will be directed to create a username and password. You may contact us at MyOchsner@Ochsner.org or Ochsner Patient Support Line at 1-877-339-2637 for assistance.

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How do I un-enroll or deactivate my MyOchsner account?

Use the Ask a Question feature in the Messaging menu to send a Customer Service message to MyOchsner Support, or email MyOchsner@Ochsner.org to request that your account be deactivated.

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Where can I update my personal information (e.g., home address, e-mail address, or change my password)?

Click the Settings menu. Select one of the following options for updates: Demographics, Personalize, Notifications and other Preferences.

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How do I pay my bill online?

To make a payment, visit the Billing Account Summary page under the Billing menu. Select the Pay button, and enter your credit card and billing information. MyOchsner accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover debit and credit cards. Click Continue to verify your information. Once verified, click Submit Payment. A receipt will be sent to your MyOchsner inbox.
If you have an outstanding balance with one of our partner facilities and are attempting to make a payment, but do not see the Pay button, please click here for more contact information.

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I do not see my bill online. Where is it?

A delay exists between the time you have your appointment and the time your bill is available. Due to billing processes, there is a minimum of four days between your appointment and when your bill becomes available.

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I have a question about my bill. Who can I contact?

You can contact the billing department by sending a Customer Service Question message from the Billing Account Summary page. You can can also contact the Patient Account Customer Service department at 1(800)343-0269.

If you have questions about bills from one of our partner facilities, please click here for more contact information.

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How is MyOchsner secure?

We take great care to ensure your health information is kept private and secure. Access to information is controlled through secure activation codes, personal ID's, and passwords. Each person controls their password, and the account cannot be accessed without that password. Further, MyOchsner uses the latest 128-bit SSL encryption technology with no caching to automatically encrypt your session with MyOchsner. Unlike conventional e-mail, all MyOchsner messaging is done while you are securely logged on to our website.

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What is your Privacy Policy?

MyOchsner is owned and operated by Ochsner and is fully compliant with federal and state laws pertaining to your privacy. Your name and e-mail address will be treated with the same care and privacy given your health records and will never be sold or leased by MyOchsner.

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I was logged out of MyOchsner. What happened?

We aim to protect your privacy and the security of your information. If your keyboard remains idle for 15 minutes or more while you are logged into MyOchsner, you will be automatically logged out of MyOchsner. We recommend that you log out of your MyOchsner session if you need to leave your computer, even for a short time.

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What do I need to use MyOchsner?

You need access to a computer connected to the Internet and an up-to-date browser (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox). You can also download the MyChart mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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My activation code does not work. What should I do?

For your security, your activation code expires after 45 days and is no longer valid once you use it. You can now sign up for MyOchsner directly by clicking the Sign Up Now button on the sign-in page, and then the Sign Up Online button. Once you fill out and submit the form, your MyOchsner account will be created. If you are still experiencing issues, email us at MyOchsner@Ochsner.org or call our MyOchsner Patient Support Line at 1-877-339-2637.

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Is my activation code my user ID?

No, your activation code is not your MyOchsner user ID or password. You will use this code only once to log into MyOchsner for the first time. The code will expire after you have used it or after 45 days. When you log into MyOchsner the first time, you will be asked to create your own unique MyOchsner ID and password.

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