5 Reasons you should take control of your Personal Health Records

Personal Health Records – Helping Patients be in Control of their Health and Wellness

 

With your every visit to a physician, hospital or healthcare provider, you add a new record paper in your medical file. Your file cabinet is filled with your medical files, reports, X-rays, and prescriptions. Whenever you want to access any old report, you dig out all the files to find the right information. Any follow-up visit to the doctor or a consultation with a new doctor needs an hour of preparation because you need to collate all the past reports, prescriptions and other such details.

Today’s smartphone savvy generation has got all the things in control through their phones. They also have a lot of fitness apps installed on their phones which track their fitness goals, calorie count, tablet reminders and all such things. But somehow maintaining a consolidated medical health record online has slipped through the cracks. For many of us, a complete record of all the personal health information still cannot found in a single location at any given time.

Let’s look at some of the advantages of maintaining a personalized digital health record, also called as Personal Health Record (PHR), and that will convince you to look for options to use your smartphone for your healthcare needs as well –

1. Manage your Health and Wellness

Having one place to access the healthcare records and information helps you stay on top of your health. You can maintain a list of your medications, health history, lab results, scans and X-rays, and all such details at a single location. It makes it easy to search and look for information – anytime, anywhere. You don’t need to have physical access to the report files in case you need some information urgently. With PHR, you can track patterns and better manage your health and wellness.

2. Better Inform your Doctors

Whenever you visit your doctor, you can get the most from the visit by updating your doctor with your latest health information. You can share the up-to-date list of medications, reports, or allergies. If you are tracking blood pressure, blood glucose, or weight at home, then you can easily share the latest information with your doctor. Such up-to-date information can help the doctors in improving the quality of care.  With such readily available information, you also reduce or eliminate duplicate tests, and receive faster and safer treatment.

3. Be Better Prepared for Medical Emergencies

In case of emergencies, it is important that the doctors know your previous medical history, the medicines or foods you are allergic to, your current medications and dosages, immunization records, a record of your surgical procedures, results of your recent medical tests and even emergency medical contacts etc.  During a crisis, it can get difficult to remember such important information and easily accessible PHR can be life-saving in such situations.

4. Chronic Health Management

Living each day with chronic ailments or medical conditions like blood pressure, obesity, depression, anxiety, or diabetes, is very difficult to deal with. There are many things which need to be done to properly track patterns and manage these conditions. PHR apps which can assist you in keeping track of medications, appointments, readings etc. can be very beneficial.

5. Set and Achieve your Fitness Goals

PHR apps help you track your activity, fitness activity, weight, diet, set goals, and track progress. One can easily monitor such information through interactive graphs and visualizations and keep track of the progress. This kind of self-motivation helps individuals in doing the right changes in the diet and activity to get the desired results.

Technology is undoubtedly bringing in a paradigm shift in the healthcare space – gone are the days when patient data and doctors notes were residing in silos at multiple, difficult to access places. Consumers today are looking to have complete information about their health data on their mobile devices with an option to share it with doctors as per the need.

Innovation for Patients and Doctors

We deliver efficient healthcare services to patients and a platform for doctors.

If you are a doctor then savetime may help you in-

  1. Managing your real-time queue of patients using tablet apps and increasing your efficiency.
  2. Storing digital prescriptions, notes sound recordings about your patients which would save a lot of your human efforts and a lot of paper work.
  3. Managing visits of your patients and maintaining a statistical record of your patients’ health. This is helpful in early detection and treating chronic diseases.
  4. Sending documents like prescriptions or notes to printer or send via mms, via email to patient or other doctors.
  5. Managing your account on the web and store information about your shifts, degrees, experience and many more things including your clinic geolocation. This helps gain reputation in the community by reaching out to new patients.
  6. Building a credible social profile through comments and likes from your patients.

If you are a patient then savetime may help you in-

  1. Finding a doctor not only by the name and specialty but also through symptoms. Simply tell us about your ailment.
  2. Providing the right amount of information about a doctor you might be looking for which includes degree, age, first time visit charges, practice experience, timings for each clinic, clinic address, geo location on map and more.
  3. Requesting an appointment online per your preferred timings so you can see the doctor as per your availability.
  4. Locating your doctor on the go. If you carry an android or apple mobile we can also help you to locate your favorite doctor from your current place.
  5. Storing and retrieving information directly in your account. For common diseases you need to visit many doctors and maintain a lot of files for every doctor.
  6. Creating your own profile at savetime and maintain your favorite doctors, request an appointment, add you relatives, like and comment about the doctors you have visited.

We would be always evolving as a technology platform and as your time saver. Visit savetime.com to experience it for yourself. For any suggestions or feedback feel free to talk to us at ideas@savetime.com or 087676 99 222.

Swapnil Potdar, savetime.com.Swapnil is self-motivated and loves challenges. He is always eager to keep track of technology trends in the world. He likes to asks tons of questions, enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. He is currently working with our Android team. He is an Engineering graduate in IT from MIT, Pune. Savetime.com is the beginning of his passionate journey to make a difference in the world. Facebook, board puzzles and sci-fi thriller books take up rest of his time.