One’s MEDICAL HISTORY IS IMPORTANT, to both to you and your provider. I know you don't want some important piece of information getting lost, misplaced or overlooked with regard to your health. This can happen, even in this electronic age where we are told that all of our providers can share our medical history through an electronic portal. However, computer storage units are not infallible. We have all heard of servers crashing, thus losing important information. Plus, providers only keep your medical records from five to ten years.
It's a good idea to print out the reports that are in your medical portal as a "CYA."
Inform your provider at the beginning of your appointment that you will want a copy of their notes and paperwork for that day.
A MEDICAL NOTEBOOK AS A TIME LINE OF YOUR HEALTH items needed:
A good way to keep up with your history is to keep your information in a three-ring binder with sheet protectors. Examples of items to keep are:
You can even slip a CD of a test down in the sheet protector along with the medical report. Separate your various providers and/or ailments with dividers. This way, when you go in for an appointment, especially with a new provider, just take your notebook in to the appointment.
CUT DOWN ON TIME SPENT AT YOUR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
With your notebook in hand, you can:
Fill out a medical history for an appointment. (No one can remember names or contact information of previous providers).
Have a list of your allergies to medications
Informatively answer your provider's questions
Refer to and inform your provider of previous tests. (Doctors love to order tests)
This should cut down on time spent at your medical appointments.
Also, find a tote bag to dedicate to you notebook for easy portability.
HERE’S WISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH