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Using the web to manage your healthcare

STANSBURY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - It's an innovative approach towards helping patients manage their health care. An on-line website allows patients of the University of Utah Health Clinics to access their medical records, and immediately communicate with their doctor.
STANSBURY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - It's an innovative approach towards helping patients manage their health care.  An on-line website allows patients of the University of Utah Health Clinics to access their medical records, and immediately communicate with their doctor.

Charles and Patricia Meyers say going virtual with their healthcare has made it much easier to manage.

Charles Meyer, a patient says,”this is the first time in my lifetime that I’ve had an opportunity to access my patient records and find out anything about my history while also communicating directly with my physician”.

The University of Utah health clinics recently launched a new website known as My Chart.  With the click of a mouse, you can access and manage your healthcare like you do your checking account.

“The security that’s in it is pretty significant. It is similar to a bank account with a pin number,” says Curtis Newman from the clinic.

But with this account, just by logging on, you can see test results as quickly as your doctor can.

Patricia Meyer, a patient says, “having been a breast cancer survivor, it was really great having my mammogram results in a matter of days instead of having to wait a week and a half for the letter to come”.

You can also see your medical history, schedule an appointment, or directly email your doctor.

Dr. Marie Haggart says “there are times when you are not in your office, but you can get on your email, and answer whatever it is and send it off”.

It’s a faster approach health professionals are calling the wave of the future in medical care, and it’s a system patients find very useful.

About 3-thousand patients are using this online service being offered at the clinics.  They say the next step is to get it up and running for hospital patients.  Several hospitals around the country are using My Chart.  In all, about 27 percent of Americans are using this on-line service, and the participating providers do have the ability to share the information.

For more information about this service log onto www.healthcare.utah.edu/mychart.

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