Organizing Your Medical Information
It is also so important to know your personal medical history so that you are able to share it when needed. If you are managing a chronic disease, traveling to or moving to another state or country, a personal health record can be very helpful. They can also be life-saving in an emergency. Empower yourself and your caregivers by having an organized medical history to reference. Take charge of your health by creating a personal health record. One way to get started is through your insurance company, for example https://myblueprint.arkansasbluecross.com. Another good free one is Microsoft’s HealthVault, https://www.healthvault.com/us/en
What kind of information should I put in my personal health record?
Include the following in your personal health record:
- Current medications and dosages
- Allergies (to foods, drugs and or anything else)
- Important dates, events, and hereditary conditions in your family history
- A list and dates of surgical procedures and significant illnesses
- Results from recent doctor visits
- Important tests results; eye and dental records, immunization records
- Emergency contacts
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of your healthcare providers, including specialists and dentists
- Health insurance information, such as the name of your insurance company and key phone numbers for service (if using HealthVault)
- Any information you want to include about your health – any over the counter herbal supplements that you take, your exercise regimen, etc
Having certain information handy will save time if you are ever in an emergency room receiving care. At a minimum keep a list of your allergies and any prescriptions that you are taking. It can also be very beneficial to appoint an “advocate”, which is a person who has all of your health information and can be your voice in a hospital setting, should you need it.