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what are benefits of medihis

Having important health information —immunization records, lab results, diagnosis, medications, allergies
etc.—in electronic form makes it not only easy for patients to organize and update their records but also share them with other people who need it, including their health care providers and family members.

Medihis might be helpful in different aspects of its members’ medical care, including:

  • Emergency Care or Care While Traveling: Online medical history can give health care providers valuable information of a patient in case of an emergency or if the patient requires care while traveling.
  • Chronic Disease Management: Patients who have one or more chronic conditions may use medihis to monitor and record symptoms and test results which can help them track their progress, which may motivate them to adhere to their treatment plan.
  • Graphs And Tables: If the patient has multiple problems the findings may be valuable only as they are related in time. Medical trajectory is always acquired from the observation of time and value related data components on graphics. The value of the curve is based on the frequency of record-keeping. Thanks to this valuable curve a patient`s course can be detected at a glance. Medihis users input their blood tests in order to observe how they compare with the difference range and with their own previous results which have core essence in the process of diagnosis and treatment. In order to get the accurate and fast evaluations those comparison and contrasts are valuable during the process. 
  • Family Health Management: People who manage health care for family members such as young children, elderly parents, and spouses—often find it difficult to keep track of the information. Having Medihis for tracking and updating that medical information can help the caregiver to have better control of their health.
  • Fast and Secure Data Transfer: If a patient’s health records include information from all or many health care providers, Medihis can help them receive better-coordinated care. Medihis offers a secure way for the patients to communicate with medicopin.com's specialists and their other health care providers over the Internet. This can be a fast and efficient way to exchange certain types of information.
  • Annual Medical Check Up(s): Medihis Services by Medicopin.com provides its members with annual check ups which will be processed by an expert endocronologist targeting to cater early diagnosis and preventive medicine services to all in need. 
  • Tracking Little Ones: Members can track their loved little ones` development with growth charts and compare them with average values. Besides system allows members to record their immunization history. Thanks to Medihis you can create a permanent and easy accessible medical history containing unrecognizable health information for them ranging from their first ultrasound, if you wish. 

You will see some of medical reviews below regarding importance of organization and accessibility of your medical records:

Listen to the Cancer.Net Podcast: Keeping a Personal Medical Record, adapted from this content.

Keeping an accurate record of your personal medical history is an important step in managing your health. This record should include test results, treatment reports, and notes written by your doctor for each doctor, hospital, or clinic you have visited. Although each facility keeps its own record of your medical care, it is a good idea to maintain and update a personal copy, as well.

Reasons to keep a personal medical record

There are several reasons to keep a personal medical record.

  • Each facility or doctor involved in your care has a separate medical record for you. A personal medical record combines these separate records into a single, more complete medical record.
  • A personal medical record is always available when you need it. This is especially important if you transfer to a new doctor or facility or if a record is lost or destroyed.
  • A complete and accurate medical record gives new doctors the information they need to provide you with the best possible care, including follow-up care and treatment of any side effects.
  • An accurate personal medical record is especially important for survivors of childhood cancer. It provides important treatment details that children may not remember later in life.
  • Having your medical records at home gives you private time to read and understand them, which may help you feel more in control of your health care.
  • A personal medical record can help you better manage health insurance claims, taxes, and other legal matters, such as disability insurance and life insurance. Learn more about managing the cost of cancer care.
  • If your cancer comes back, details about your original diagnosis and treatment can help your doctor design a treatment plan.
  • Because some types of cancer have a genetic component, a personal record of your diagnosis and treatment may be important for relatives, such as siblings and children.

What to include in your personal medical record

  • A complete medical record of your cancer and treatment should include the following information:
  • Your diagnosis, including the specific cancer type and stage (describes where the cancer is located, whether it has spread to other parts of the body, and if it is affecting the functions of other organs in the body)
  • Dates of diagnosis and treatments
  • Copies of diagnostic test results and pathology reports
  • Complete treatment information, such as chemotherapy drug names and doses or the sites and doses of radiation therapy
  • Treatment results, including any complications or side effects
  • Information about supportive care, including medications or procedures used to treat pain, nausea, or other side effects, as well as other types of care, such as occupational therapy or nutritional support
  • A schedule for follow-up care
  • Complete contact information for doctors and treatment centers involved in your diagnosis and treatment

The record should also contain information about other aspects of your health:

  • Contact information for other doctors, such as your family doctors (past and current)
  • Dates and details of other major illnesses, chronic health conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease), and hospitalizations
  • Your family medical history
  • Details of past physical examinations, including screening tests and immunizations

How to compile your personal medical record

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or are currently in treatment, the best way to compile your personal medical record is to collect information on an ongoing basis.

  • When you have a diagnostic test or procedure, ask for a copy of the test results or procedure report.
  • At each doctor appointment, ask for a copy of any new information added to your medical record. You may also want to write your own notes detailing what happened at the appointment.
  • If you spend time in a hospital, ask to take a copy of your medical record with you when you leave.
  • Consider keeping a health diary to write down your symptoms and side effects of medications and treatments.
  • Keep copies of medical bills and insurance claims.
  • If you have completed treatment, it is not too late to compile a personal medical record.
  • Contact your oncologist and ask for a written summary of your diagnosis and treatment.
  • Contact your doctor's office and the medical records department of facilities where you were treated to ask about how to get a copy of your medical records. You may need to request a copy in writing or complete an Authorization to Release Medical Information form.
  • If you need help figuring out which records you need, ask your doctor, an oncology social worker, or someone from the medical records department at your treatment facility.
  • If compiling your medical record seems like an overwhelming task, ask for help from relatives or friends. You have to sign any requests for personal medical information, but others can make phone calls and fill out forms for you. Ask other cancer survivors for advice on compiling a personal medical record.
  • Since April 2003, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has required doctors and medical facilities to give patients access to their medical records. However, it may take up to six months to receive a copy of your medical records. In addition, you may be charged for the copying of medical records, but the fee is regulated by state laws.

Organizing and storing your personal medical record

There are different ways to organize your medical record. Many people organize their record by date. You can also divide your record into categories, such as tests, treatments, and doctor appointments.

You may decide to keep your medical record in a filing cabinet, a 3-ring binder, a file folder, or even just a box. However you choose to organize your personal medical record, keep it in a secure location, such as a safe deposit box or fireproof home safe. You may also want to give a copy of important information to a relative or friend in case of an emergency.

You may also maintain your personal medical record on the internet companies that charge a fee for their services. With your permission, records stored online can be accessed by family members and doctors. Before choosing an online company, carefully check the security and confidentiality measures the company uses to protect your medical information.