There are so many different ways that healthcare needs can impact people today. Parents with children at home already know how hard it can be to manage kids' schedules packed with school, sports and other activities on top of your job, taking care of your home and your own activities.
When you factor in that some people with children at home are also helping to take care of aging parents or other relatives, there can be real demands on your time, finances and emotional resources.
You, your children and other relatives whom you are taking care of might each have more than one doctor.
It can be stressful:
- making sure that each doctor is aware of the treatments that the others have given your family
- waiting for records or test results to be sent from one doctor to the others
- in cases where someone has been in the hospital and then moves to long term care or home care, it's incredibly important to make sure that the person continues to receive the medications and other treatments they need so that they don't get worse.
You have to give permission before your medical records can be shared in the cHIE. As a parent, you may give permission for the cHIE to include records for your children who are under 18.
After you give permission, your doctors will be able to look up your records in the cHIE during your office visit, so you don't have to take paper copies with you to your visits and one doctor doesn't have to call your other doctors or have them fax or mail your records.
You don't have to worry about keeping track of the records for everyone in your family, or about what you may have forgotten to tell your doctor.
When your doctors have instant access to your records, it helps avoid duplicate procedures, which can cost time and money, and medication interactions, which can be dangerous.
The cHIE is also helpful for families who move and for students who go to college out of town. It can take time for paper records to be sent to your new doctor. If you need a doctor right away after moving, the cHIE can help your doctor have access to your records.
You can also have peace of mind from knowing that your records are safe in the cHIE. The only people who have access to the cHIE are healthcare professionals. The cHIE also makes it easier than it is with paper records to monitor access to patient health information and make sure that only the right people can see that information.
It's important to know that the cHIE is still growing. That means that not every doctor in Utah is putting records into the cHIE for patients who have given permission. The key to making the cHIE as beneficial as possible for everyone is to have more patients and more doctors participate.
If your doctor doesn't participate yet, talk to them and tell them it's important to you to have your records available in case you move, need a specialist or have an emergency.
For more information, call us at 877-693-3071 or visit www.mychie.org.