Happy Thanksgiving! I love this day for so many reasons. Right now, I love that it's slowed me down enough to reflect on the year, think about the things that I am truly thankful for, and more specifically, to think about how CareSync Plus and the Visit Manager apps have helped my family.
In the spirit of the season, here's my slightly tongue-in-cheek, and completely biased 2013 Thankful List: CareSync style!
- I am thankful that I have all of my medical records, thanks to the CareSync Plus team.
- I am thankful that I have all of my son's medical records.
- I am thankful that when I ended up in the ER, away from home, that I avoided having a not-so-fun test repeated because I had the results from the same test three weeks prior. And no, it wasn't a fun test that time, either.
- I suspect my insurance company is thankful for that, too.
- I am thankful that when Benjamin spends time with his grandparents over vacations and summer break, that they have access to his complete medical record and important health documents if something were to happen to him.
- I am thankful that, because I am so organized, that my doctor told me that I was his best patient.
- I also am thankful for how seriously he took me when he saw me using CareSync, pulling up past medical history, and working from task lists that set my objectives for the appointment.
- I am thankful for leaving that appointment taking fewer meds than I had when I walked in...not the opposite!
- I am thankful for being able to fax my current medications and a health summary to my doctor the night before my visit, so he has time to review it prior to our short time together in the exam room.
- I am thankful for the opportunity to read my medical records.
- More specifically, I am thankful that I am able to read my son's medical records. Especially when I discovered an error that, had I known about it at the time, would have changed the care plan for him. I guess I am thankful that won't happen again.
- I am thankful for the tools that allow me to collaboratively manage health, and more specifically, doctors appointments, for people I take care of. Even from 500 miles away.
- I am thankful for the task lists in CareSync: When I couldn't make it to a pediatrician visit at the last minute, Andrew had all of the questions that I had wanted answers to, in the palm of his hand.
- And thankful that I was able to keep adding to the list and he was getting the updates in real time.
- I will speak on his behalf and say that he was thankful for a tool to make sure that he got all of my questions answered. When I brought that up at a recent industry event, all of the dads were nodding their heads in agreement!
- So, I am thankful that CareSync is helping busy families out by giving scared husbands the confidence to take their children to doctor appointments.
- I am thankful that being a CareSync user made me want to know more about my health, and that I did the 23andme.com genetic testing. I am thankful that I can make some lifestyle modifications to lower my risk for the conditions that I am genetically dispositioned to.
- And the newest thing I am thankful for: the most recent release of CareSync has a nifty, simple way to gift CareSync to my loved ones. In fact, I don't think I'll have to step foot in the mall for the next few weeks, which is fantastic, because crowds of people like that really stress me out! Check it out!
So, my silliness aside, CareSync has made a legit difference in my family's life. Getting everybody's medical records, and storing them all in one secure and accessible place has been on my to do list for a long time. Basically since Benjamin was born. In 2006.
It was a job I knew I needed to do, but didn't want to do, and for an incredibly affordable price, CareSync not only went and gathered all the records from all of our providers for me, they populated each and every visit with relevant information, including health conditions and diagnoses, medications, allergies, and more.
The information is useful to me, because it's not in clinical doctor speak and is easily accessible, but it's also useful to my doctors because it is structured and easily shared with them.
So, now it's time to lace up my sneakers and run my traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, and then get on my nicest looking stretchy pants to eat a wonderful feast with my family and friends.
I hope your holiday is happy and healthy, and you're with the people you love!