Published: Sep 19, 2012 7:11 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Patients can now access their medial records online through Lee Memorial Health System.

The hospital system rolled out 'My Chart' in July as part of its new electronic records system, called EPIC.

Since it began, Lee Memorial says 26,000 people have activated accounts and about 27% of them are actively using it.

Records are available from doctors visits to Lee Physicians Group and Florida Neurology Group, but Lee Memorial hopes to expand the program in the future.

Chief Information Officer Mike Smith says the system improves patient care and efficiency. He says, "you can access those element of your record that center on physician visits, so labs, your medications and other elements of that nature." He says patients can "look at appointments coming up, being able to request appointments with a physician, being able to look at medications you are on, request refills of prescriptions."

He also says it can help family members take care of elderly loved ones. "This capability provides where you as a patient can allow someone, for example, your adult child, to access your record so they can help be an advocate for your care."

And he says it is a system you can trust. "It's very secure, encrypted information, secure links, and of course it's very tightly password protected and of course it's your own sign in and password, no one else has it. It has very similar technology that online banking has," he says. One of the most important factors he says, is there is not third party vendor asking for your information. It is the same patient records the doctors use.

One parent we talked to, Nicolette Losh, says she likes the idea. "I'm the appointment setter in all of that so anything that can streamline and make my life easier, I'll take it."

When you visit your doctor, they can provide you the information about My Chart. Then, you can take the log in information to to set up your account.