The digital age is, and has been, upon us. Now, I’m not talking about Facebook or TikTok here, especially since we all can’t wait to see what our neighbor is eating for dinner.
While we all love to complain about slow computers and the internet, or how it’s caused by bugs and latencies, the truth is that we can use the digital medical record to our advantage to stay on top of things. of our own health as it relates to medicine and health care.
The access provided is quite remarkable if one is aware of the capabilities of the computer in relation to one’s active and past medical history. For example, at my practice and at UH, you can sign up with your email address to access all of your diagnostic tests and lab work before you even discuss the results with your doctor. You can also send a message directly to your supplier on this same platform, the general idea being that you will receive a written message from your supplier within 24 hours. That’s efficiency. It is also possible to submit electronic drug requests using this platform. Now tell me, isn’t that worth clicking through five different prompts after listening to pre-recorded voiceovers slowed down, using the old method of a phone call to your doctor’s office or pharmacy?
There are also other features within the e-platform such as seeing who your specialist team is, as sometimes it becomes difficult to keep track of all unique doctor names – even mine. How many Levines do you know in medicine? Subtle bad joke, I know, but I wanted to keep your attention.
Finally, also consider that by being proactive with personal digital access to your medical records, you may be able to catch something that even your doctor may not have noticed, such as an incidental finding on a x-ray or a slightly abnormal value on your blood tests. . This will allow you to be more involved in your care and also have more information to ask questions.
The digital age will only advance, so it’s time to jump onto the digital cyberhighway and become more proactive with your health in the process.
Dr. Seth Levine writes about internal medicine for the Cleveland Jewish News. He is an internal medicine physician at the UH Center for Internal Medicine in Independence.