Since it seems so silly to have to bring your paper medical files from Doctor to Doctor, we decided to make this Medical Records Infographic to show just how antiquated the current system is. Look at all the incredible inventions and feats we have come up with over the last 50 years, and yet the medical records system is still where it was since medical records were kept. We hope you enjoy this infographic. Feel free to share it and use it as you wish.
Normally here at MedeFile, we try to be upbeat and positive about the medical issues and solutions around us. Even with that attitude, though, one can’t ignore death. It comes to all of us eventually and the more prepared we are for it, the better off we and our families will be. One aspect of death in today’s world is passwords.
All of us have digital lives. Some are more active online than others, but almost without exception, all of us have an online presence somewhere. While a lot of attention is paid to how that presence affects our lives, careers, and such, few have talked about how that affects our deaths as well.
When someone dies, they often leave behind a group of friends, extended family, and business associates who only knew them or primarily communicated with the online. When the person passes, those people are left not knowing what’s happened. Worse, family members are often at a loss as to how to contact those people or access financial records such as PayPal and online banking.
Why? Because the deceased didn’t leave behind passwords.
A hospital in Ottawa, Canada is replacing the old paper trail method of keeping track of patient and physician records with an electronic system centered on use of Apple’s iPad. While it hasn’t totally succeeded in replacing dead trees for document storage and use, the new system is slowly working on doing so.
What doctors and patients at the Ottawa hospital are learning, and what we here at MedeFile have been saying for years, is that by automating some of the process and by creating digital, portable records that can be easily accessed and used by doctors and patients, everyone benefits. Doctors are able to more accurately describe information about treatments to their patients without worrying about a lot of paper that needs filling out in order to order that treatment. Patients are better able to understand the doctor because they can see the information being presented themselves, their health care practitioner can do “show and tell” rather than just “tell.”