Taking care of your own health is a time consuming activity; when you have a family to manage, that task is even more daunting. Making sure everyone eats well, gets enough sleep, and remembers to take their vitamins can take a lot of your time each day. An even bigger task is scheduling and keeping everyone’s doctor appointments, coordinating care between doctors, and managing prescriptions.
When you need to change doctors because of a move, new job, or health insurance change, you face a whole new set of challenges. As a parent, do you remember every prescription that your child has had? Which ones they were allergic to? Which were not effective? If your child’s doctor recommends that you follow up with additional tests in six to nine months, do you remember what those tests were and who should perform them?
Managing an aging parent’s care is even more difficult, especially if you are doing it from some distance away. They may not remember a previous doctor’s instructions, prescription names or dosage. For an elderly parent in particular, it is an added stress to have to change doctors.
To deal with the challenges of your family's every day health management, and give you confidence about changing doctors, it is a good decision to gather all of your family health records. Having everyone’s records in one place will be a timesaver, and perhaps a lifesaver, in an emergency.
With CareSync, this is not as difficult or time consuming a job as you may think. When you sign up, you enter your present and past healthcare providers and CareSync gathers, enters, and organizes all of your medical records. Access is simple. You can use your computer or mobile device to get your information, and share it, on the spot, with doctors or emergency room caregivers.
Once you have your records, you can keep them for as long as you consider necessary. Some states only mandate that your healthcare providers keep your records for seven years. With CareSync, you decide how long each record is relevant to each family member’s care.
The start of a New Year is a great time to get organized and stay healthy. With all of the changes slated for healthcare beginning in 2015, now is the time to make the resolution to take charge of your family health records. It will give you peace of mind all year long.