5 Tips for a Successful Doctor Visit

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 18, 2017 5:36:42 PM

Visiting the doctor can be a little nerve-wracking for many people. Sometimes it seems like the entire doctor's appointment goes by in a blur, and once you leave you realize you forgot to ask your doctor about your specific medical concerns and questions. By planning how you will approach your doctor's visit ahead of time, you can avoid this problem and ensure a much more successful and stress-free doctor visit.

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Topics: patient engagement, doctor's appointments, medication & treatments, family health, care coordination, patients, Digital Health, healthcare costs

What Are Your Healthcare Priorities?

Posted by The Engaged Patient

Mar 24, 2017 11:26:00 AM

A survey from Deloitte found that consumer expectations about healthcare providers and interactions in healthcare settings are being formed by the types of positive experiences they have with other industries, such as banking and retail.

Personalized attention, tailored solutions, transparency regarding what to expect and how much it will cost, and convenient, expanded access to services are just a few of their expectations.

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Topics: patient engagement, doctor's appointments, family health, care coordination, patients, Digital Health, healthcare costs, healthcare research, healthcare access

Health Information at Hand

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jan 5, 2017 11:15:00 AM

One way to help ensure the best health for you and your family is to get everyone’s medical records and information collected and organized. Having accurate and updated health information on hand can be beneficial in many ways and situations.

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Topics: medical records, doctor's appointments, family health, mHealth, healthy living, patients, health tips, preventive care, CareSync

My Doctor Believed Me! Why I Carry My Medical Records on My Phone

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 14, 2016 11:49:04 AM

When a new doctor doesn’t have your medical history, it can feel like you’re starting over from scratch, trying to remember and share every important test, medication and detail from your past experiences. That’s not ideal for either of you.

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Topics: share your health stories, medical records, doctor's appointments, Medicare, care coordination, patients, Heart of CareSync

10 Ways Medicine Today Can Outrun Every TV Doctor You've Ever Seen

Posted by The CareSync Team

Feb 18, 2015 7:00:00 AM

p>The glamour, wit, compassion and brilliance of TV doctors is hard to top. Who wouldn't want an E.R. doctor with the looks and smile of a young George Clooney to cheer up their suddenly hospitalized child? Heart surgery, and maybe a dance or two, with Dr. Cristina Yang of "Grey's Anatomy"? Miracle cure, thanks to good work by Dr. Philip Chandler of "St. Elsewhere," as piped in by Denzel Washington? Maternity advice from Dr. Mindy Lahiri or a Doogie Howser serenade from a very young Neil Patrick Harris?

And how about the magical diagnoses from Star Trek's tricorder, Quantum Leap's Ziggy, and the tuning fork of "Bewitched" medic Dr. Bombay? Fact is, the realities, resources and promise of today's medicine leave those TV doctors in the dust. And every other one you've ever seen.

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Topics: doctor's appointments, videos, patients

Affordable Care Act News: Healthcare Costs, Fewer Doctors, Longer Wait Times?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Feb 14, 2014 11:18:31 AM

Now that people review are starting to review their health care costs, people are also starting to look at other parts of their healthcare. Namely, doctors, prescriptions, and insurance plan coverage. We covered many of these issues in a previous blogs, mainly this one here on doctors and health care providers. Continuing on discussing the changes the Affordable Care Act presents us, we turn back to a similar and potentially scary message: health care costs may be affecting you and your doctor.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), doctor's appointments, patients, healthcare costs & insurance

A Missed Opportunity to Be a Great Patient

Posted by Courtney Larned

Jan 16, 2014 9:53:00 PM

This is a slight adaptation of a post I recently made on my personal blog.

I've worked in healthcare technology for the bulk of my adult life; over a decade, in fact. However, I am not a clinically trained person. I can hold my own at dinner parties (I make a fantastic +1), can get through a demo with most doctors and hospital executives, but do not have any clinical training. I somehow manage to get through the bulk of my days knowing what I know.

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Topics: patient engagement, webinars, doctor's appointments, urgent care, healthy living, health tips

Do You Still Have Your Doctor? The ACA Makes You Think Twice.

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jan 15, 2014 1:06:00 PM

If you haven't spoken to your doctor since January 1, 2014. You may want to reach out to them and make sure they are still your doctor. One of the good things about the Affordable Care Act is millions of new patients getting healthcare insurance for the first time. An unfortunate and unintended consequence is that there are now more patients and still the same amount of doctors.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), doctor's appointments

Organized records = more meaningful appointments

Posted by Courtney Larned

Oct 10, 2013 10:00:00 AM

I am on a story kick this week.  This is a friend's journey to diagnosis, treatment, and being an engaged, empowered advocate for her daughter's care.  Like I always say, don't get in the way of a mom on a mission.

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Topics: doctor's appointments, family health, mHealth

Stand back. I'm an empowered patient.

Posted by Courtney Larned

Jul 31, 2013 5:14:00 PM

Awhile back, I wrote about my interesting first experience as an engaged patient, stuck in the emergency room during a conference I was excited to be at and briefly mentioned the appointment I had a week later with my primary care provider.

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Topics: doctor's appointments, mHealth

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