Why the Need for Personal Health Records is on the Rise

 In Health Care, Health Technology, Patient Education, Personal Health Record

Privacy is a wonderful thing, but not when it isolates or intimidates consumers to take charge of their own personal health records. In the past, we’ve trusted doctors, nurses, and medical staff to keep our records in pristine order. If we truly looked at our own medical records/history, however, we’d find conflicting information, misdiagnosis even, and alarming incompleteness, which in turn serves no real purpose. In fact, it becomes a potentially deadly and serious concern. It’s not to say healthcare professionals are completely to blame, but now with technology literally at our fingertips, it’s time to act and take control of receiving and viewing medical records electronically. That’s why software companies like CareSync are sprouting up to change traditional record keeping and sharing systems.

Educate Yourself

In the past, to gain access to medical records or have them transferred from one health care professional to the next, seemed almost as complicated as donating a kidney. With the hassle, most consumers simply didn’t want to or have the time to deal with the old system. Times have definitely changed, and now CareSync can alleviate the pain in accessing electronic medical records. With its organizational system and assessable platform, it’s easier than ever to view and save your medical history, prescriptions, and more in one place. The best thing about updated medical service systems is they are more in-depth and detailed, which can lead consumers to become more aware of their current health and history. This trend is leading healthcare providers struggling to catch up to current methods utilized by CareSync. The great thing about having access is the availability to share medical information with family members. In the past, it seemed only living spouses could gain access to medical history and records, and even than was a complicated mess, full of privacy intimidating restrictions. Now, in events of emergency, trauma, travel, and necessity, information can be saved and accessed at the touch of a button, by whomever you trust with your medical information.

What about your providers (EMR) you say?

Let Doctors Be Doctors a site created by DR. Zubin Damania as a forum for change, and a place that will amplify the voices of health care professionals and patients, they state “We need to talk about the elephant in the exam room. Electronic health records (EHRs) are failing to improve the connection between patients and providers—and distracting providers from their real work. With more than two-thirds of doctors saying they wouldn’t recommend their EHR and the American Medical Association calling for a ‘major overhaul of EMR systems,’ it’s time to demand change.” Dr. Damania created the video above, a parody to bring awareness to the issue and encourage others to speak out. We want you, the consumer, to take responsibility for your own records and we can help.

Benefits of Updated PHR

While healthcare provider’s record systems are an improvement of the past, a more proficient and consistent system would greatly aide in superior healthcare and service. Think of the many times you’ve switched to a different doctor and the various forms required. Wouldn’t it be great to share information systematically at the touch of a button? The benefits of an updated EMR means more convenience, increased participation in regularly check-ups, scheduled reminders for preventative measures, and an overall enjoyable experience at your health care provider. Think of immunization reminders from CareSync that would inform individuals to stay on schedule with their young children’s vaccines. Mammogram and Pap smear reminders could aide those in their golden years. It’s estimated consumers check their phones 110 times a day. Having access to a medical app would greatly increase livelihood and health awareness. The wave of future health rests in consumers taking an active part in accessing and reviewing their medical records and history. With the benefits of sharing information easily with family members through media devises, apps, and technology, there can a phenomenal shift to EMR’s and health education in general.

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Founder & Patient Advocate at Amazing Healthcare Consultants
Twenty nine years as a physician have brought me great personal and professional satisfaction, but a new passion has driven me to change directions within the healthcare system. I'm acutely aware of the confusion and frustration that patients face as they navigate the healthcare "maze" and look forward to helping patients in many new ways as a private healthcare advocate.
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