Health record management is a complex and privacy-protected part of our lives that begs for simplicity and relevancy. Personal health record management aficionados subscribe to the notion that we should each invade a cloud site or create a data base management system that parallels and perhaps supersedes the prerogatives of record keeping of health care providers themselves.
The dilemma of health record management is multifaceted. It is dominated by a perspective that we should maintain records of our own medical history. However, although there is a presumption of ownership of our own medical information, access to propriety information may not be available under all circumstances. Often, physicians and health care administrators may have inserted sensitive comments and evaluative information into personal medical records that may be held as proprietary to the corporate entity for which they work and therefore, not available to the patient or family member. The outcome of this inability to retrieve parallel personal information creates an incomplete view of our medical status and history.
The personal health record industry arises from the foibles of medical mishaps, misinformation, and errors that have occurred over many years. These adverse circumstances serve as one of the catalysts for creating a parallel environment of record retention. Technology and technical infrastructure also now exist that allows access to previously unreachable data and as a result, record keeping of all stripes is now more readily available than ever before. The dilemma for all of us, however, is to how best to use technology and the information it can provide to support a healthy life.
Personal record keeping software that is comprehensive in design and simple to use is an optimal answer to assisting with improved health care management. The need to record fundamental information such as the names and contact numbers of physicians and other healthcare providers is basic but essential. Recording of allergies to food, medicines, and environmental stimuli can be life saving. Identifying key resources and providing emergency contact information for them can provide invaluable insight in the midst of a medical crisis. Insurance, legal and financial contact data becomes vital in a medical emergency to ensure all aspects of need can be met. The knowledge of usernames and passwords provides the means by which accounts can be known and accessed to support patient needs.
Personal information software also may include the ability to profile more than one person. It should be safe to use and free from the potential for intrusion from an external source. Reports that can be printed and carried to a medical office to use as a reference can be an invaluable tool. Specialized reports that include information that is relevant and important for emergency medical personal can save a life. The names of hospitals and care facilities that maintain update to date personal health record information ensures that all aspects of a persona life are never lost.
Personal health records can best be viewed from the standpoint of whether they lead to a positive outcome when we must act on our own behalf or when someone must act for us. Stick with the fundamentals. Gather the information and document it in a well designed personal information software package so that nothing gets lost.