अरे बेटा वो क्रीम का नाम याद है क्या?
कौनसी क्रीम पापा?
वही वो जो मम्मी को स्किन के डॉक्टर ने दियी थी पिछले साल…!
नाम याद होगा तो बता देना, वो पर्ची नहीं मिल रही है…
That was a conversation I had with my father last week. Needless to say, I could not remember the name, nor could my father find the prescription.
Let me share one more mildly interesting story with you since we are bonding already 😉
Baji’s our 9-month-old kitten. And being a curious little kitten, he hates closed doors and loves tearing things apart! One fateful night he discovered our medicine drawer (where we also keep all medical files and medicines). I do not have an exact account of what happened and how, all I remember is waking up to witness a golden ball of fur blissfully stretched over a makeshift bed made out of torn papers! The horrors of living with a cat I am telling you!
When everything else in my life has gone digital, from my photos to my calendar, from my newspaper to my music, from my alarm to my TV, everything; then what is the point of still keeping trail of medical papers around ? And it’s not even like reliable options for digitizing medical records are not available…[cue, DawaiBox!]
Well, now as you may have imagined I have finally decided to change with the changing tides and gone digital with my family’s health records. Here are some compelling reasons why you should too-
Where ever you are, whichever time of the day it is, and for whichever reason you need them (purchasing meds, doctor’s visit, health insurance), your health records are there at your fingertips!
Buh-bye bulky files…
How many of you have clicked pics or scanned your old photos from an old family albums? My instinct says most of you have. We do it because the papers are tearing and the colors are fading and we want to preserve the memory 🙂 Point is, just like any other paper, health records too are prone to paper decay, tearing off, ink fading etc. Digitization assures preservation. And even though health records possess no emotional value like those old photographs, yet their importance is unquestionable!
3)Integrity of records
Just the way a mouse can physically chew through your paper files, electronic data too has its own bugs. Of course, there is a chance that you might mistakenly delete your electronic files or some other technical glitch can occur. Which is why always choose a cloud-based platform where your health records will be backed up on their secure server.
but if it starts raining you might lose all the data stored in the clouds, so there is that risk! 😛
This may not apply to people who seldom fall sick. But for people who see more than one kind of doctor for different ailments, it is imperative that all the healthcare providers have access to each other’s records to better coordinate patient’s health.
My dad sees three different doctors, a diabetologist, a heart specialist and a neurologist and he has 3 different files for each of them. Every doctor he visits, he takes the pile of papers with him. And sometimes he takes the wrong file to the wrong doctor and sometimes one of them wants to check other’s notes and prescriptions…
Trust me when I say this, and I say this as someone who has been working in healthcare for more than 6 years now, “the more coordinate your healthcare team is, the less chances of medical errors!” Get your health records digitized now!
We all know where paper comes from, and now we all know that a better option exists out there. Then why not give it a try?
Small actions make huge impacts! Stay healthy and live consciously 🙂