In Part 1 of this discussion of Managing Patients’ Records, a mobile healthcare digital assistant was identified. It could help patients to be more engaged with managing their medical issues. In Part 2 of this discussion, the patient, Anne, was described. Her healthcare was not managed well due to miscommunication or no communication. It was not because she did not want to follow-up. She did not know when and for what to follow-up on in her healthcare until it was almost too late. In order for the patient to understand what is going on, there has to be true patient engagement.
As we discussed in Part 1 of Managing Patients’ Records in an information system like Sharepoint (https://saarmrt.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/managing-patients-records-part-1/), it was pointed out that in the lifetime of a patient, a patient could have one or more physicians that specialize in their different healthcare needs. With so many healthcare professionals in the patient’s life, there should be a connection to all of them with the patient at the center. Without the connection, the patient will have difficulty effectively managing their healthcare. Through the following six steps, that one patient had to endure, other patients can be helped so that this patient and many others will know how healthy they are.
How can you manage patient healthcare when using information management systems’ portals? Some Clinicians or Primary Care Physicians have attempted to keep their patients engaged with their healthcare by offering them patient portals, over the Internet, which would enable patients to manage their own personal health records. In the lifetime of the patient, a patient could have one or more physicians that specialize in different healthcare needs of the patient. The patient can end up having many personal health records that could have information that varies. Should the patient’s health records connect to one main place? Would this ensure uniformity in the records and metadata if all of their health information were connected? Physicians need a connection to the patient’s health record assistant so that information is not lost every time a patient has to complete different intake forms for various doctors in their lifetime.