Your Personal Health Information – It Could Be A Matter Of Life Or Death!

Home-and-Family Over the past couple of years I have spent a lot of time doing research in several arenas … one of the things that I have discovered is a serious lack in availability of stable medical care. By stable, I mean constant. You know, the doctor that you go to for whatever ails you and who knows you better than you know yourself because they’ve been at the helm of your healthcare for years and years. Of course, the day of the housecall has long since seen sunset, but if you’re not under the care of a G.P. (general practitioner), then who is making sure you get your annual physical? Who is plotting and planning to get those middle age tests looked after? And, who has ALL of your medical records. These days, we are all in a hurry and in a society of global mobility, our records are being scattered hither and yon! The walk-in clinic you visited last week has a record of your prescription for that nasty chest cough. And the emergency room that you took your son to after that little soccer incident has the x-ray of his sprained ankle. But does anyone, anywhere have a record of everything … every treatment that has been undertaken … every medication … In all, one million adults and 130,000 children in Ontario alone don’t have a family doctor. The OMA says the province needs 1,000 general practitioners now. (Hamilton Spectator Nov. 26, 2007) (This number grows exponentially when you look across North America … to a whopping 9.8 million!! – US Govt. .mittee on Healthcare, Statistics -June, 2007). Government has, over the past few years, introduced a number of programs to provide more medical care especially to rural settings, but is it enough? There’s too much room for error with numbers like this staring healthcare in the face … medical error that is! And medical errors cost money and lives!! People’s lives are permanently changed or even ended unnecessarily every day across North America due to the lack of essential information needed for doctors to make informed decisions about our care. The time for change is NOW! But who needs to make the change exactly? Governments across North America and worldwide are recognizing the need and making funds available to improve .munication capabilities in the medical industry. Medical practitionners have long-since noted a gap in the flow of information between facilities, private practices and healthcare providers of all sorts. All of these groups are thoughtfully and positively working toward change, but I would suggest that it is not their sole responsibility. In fact, I would argue that responsibility is just as much that of the individual as it is their doctors’ and governments’. So today’s order of business … where is your personal health information right now … right this minute? Do you have it neatly organized and typed on your .puter or does only your doctor or medical practitioner know for sure? Maybe there’s a trail of prescriptions dating back to 1985 somewhere in your medicine cabinet? Here’s the rub folks … you never know when you might need to know about yours or your family’s medical infomation! What if you’re on vacation thousands of miles from your doctor’s office or what if they’re just not available at the time? Even if you’re perfectly healthy, you just never know if something from your past might help you out, right? Medical information technology is forefront in the new US administration’s mandate and your information is in their sights. Canada is working hard to implement a system for health .munication as well. But those systems could still be years from supporting you as an individual. What are you going to do in the meantime? It’s up to you to take control! Do it! You have both the right and the responsibility to make sure that your health information is accurate, .plete and current. Bottom line … something is always better than nothing. Even if you just take a few minutes to write down life threatening conditions, a little of your medical history and what medications you take regularly, it’s better than leaving things to chance. Emergency contact information is also important in any personal health record so that healthcare providers can get in touch with someone who knows and cares about you. Keep your notes in your wallet and give a copy to someone who cares about you. Better yet, make it as .prehensive as you possibly can. The more information you can provide, the less likely it is that an unnecessary medical mistake will affect your life! It’s time for all of us to take responsibility for our own information in every area of our lives. How else can we really be sure the world has an accurate picture of who we really are? About the Author: 相关的主题文章: