I recently had a patient who presented for a routine kidney follow-up for high blood pressure. This patient travels back and forth with his wife to Arizona and also doctors down there. He was unable to remember the changes that were made for him by one of his providers in Arizona. We were both frustrated, because the patient’s blood pressure was elevated, and I felt there was little I could do to help him until I had more information. It led me on a search for any free, easy, secure and easily available system on the Internet that might be able to help this patient and other patients who have trouble remembering what changes have occurred since the last nephrology visit.
Google Health is what I came up with. Check it out at your convenience
If you don’t already have an account, you can set one up easily and include your current e-mail address if you wish.
Consider trying this out for yourself. At the very least, you will be able to give your physician your current diagnoses, your current medications, and any pertinent studies that may have been done since the last visit.
Medicinal reconciliation is a hot topic in system based healthcare today. As people transition from hospital to clinic and from the clinic to the hospital, we want to make sure that any medication changes are noted, and you are taking what you are supposed to be taking. Problems can arise when a person travels to another state and receives care or prefers specific providers outside of a health system the currently doctor at. That’s why I like this concept recording a health profile online electronically: Google health helps you keep track of the problems you have, what’s been done about it, and the medications that you currently are on and have been on. Anything a system’s unified record might miss otherwise gets picked up.
I like to think of it as a system that helps you and your family and friends keep track of you! Let us know what you think.