Managing one’s health for people who are fit is no brainer. They only need to eat healthy, exercise regularly and get periodical check-ups. But for people who are in the midst of a series or stages of treatment that needed to be managed, health management is crucial.
Healthy or otherwise these insights towards a good health-care management is a must:
Keep Track of Personal Medical Records and Information
As an independent adult, taking control over your own medical records is the responsible thing to do. It is wise to keep a Medical Emergency Information sheet in the wallet that includes the following:
- Phone Number;
- Date of Birth;
- Emergency contact names and numbers;
- Medical power authorization;
A list of allergies and reactions, all diagnosed medical conditions, all doctors and their phone numbers, all medication and the prescribing doctor; and Medical encounters.
This will ensure that incase of a medical emergency, necessary information is provided to the medical personnel.
Manage Care with a Personal Health Record (PHR)
With almost everything digitized, health management has never been easier. A basic paper medical record is good. But the drawback with paper records is, people rarely have them when they need them. With an electronic PHR system all record will be accessible anytime and anywhere through a web-enabled device such as a computer, a phone or a tablet.
Electronic health/medical records, which are owned and operated by doctor’s’ offices, hospitals or health insurance plans is not the same as PHR. And although there are a growing number of doctors’ offices using these systems, some may limit access.
What Information Goes into a PHR?
Start with the basics:
- Primary care doctor’s name and phone number
- Allergies, including drug allergies
- Medications, including dosages
- Chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure
- Major surgeries, with dates
- Living will or advance directives
- Family history
- Immunization history
Information about tests to remedy or prevent disease can also be added, such as:
- Results of screening tests
- Cholesterol level and blood pressure
- Exercise and dietary habits
- Health goals
Benefits of PHR
It can be a lifesaver, literally. Vital information such as a previously treated disease, previous surgeries or hospitalizations, medications, drug allergies, and family and doctor’s contact information can quickly be provided.
PHR not only allows you to share information with care providers but also empowers you to manage health between visits. A personal health record enables people to:
Track and assess health. Record and track progress toward health goals, such as lowering cholesterol level.
Manage health between visits.Upload and analyze data from home monitoring devices such as a blood pressure cuff. Be reminded of the doctor’s instructions from the last appointment.