"But My New Doctor Doesn't Want My Records from My Previous Doctor"
We from time to time get interesting questions from clients when requesting their medical record. Their physician may have retired and they have now found a new physician that is accepting new patients. Clients have sometimes suggested that their new physician doesn't care or have any need for the historical medical record. Firstly, RASCI believes in the saying that "an informed patient is a healthy patient" and making sure that your new physician has your historical record
Digitizing medical records is a daunting task — but it’s worth it
THE QUESTION I’ve had the same family doctor for 20 years and I like her. But my medical records are still on paper and my doctor has no plans to convert to an electronic system. That makes me wonder how up-to-date she is with other medical advances. What could be the holdup? THE ANSWER Changing to electronic medical records (EMR) is a daunting task for physicians who have been in practice for a long time. They have to go through their old paper files and decide what must be
Report: Ontario patients should have access to electronic medical records
TORONTO -- Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he'll act on a recommendation to give patients access to their electronic medical records as the province updates the mandate of eHealth Ontario. The Liberal government's privatization czar, Ed Clark, recommended eHealth's role be refocused more on service delivery, and said patients should be able to interact with their own personal health information. "We must bring patients into the system and give them access to their own infor
Keeping Copies of Important Medical Records
Managing your health care records can be complicated, especially if you’re juggling information from several different medical providers and other sources, such as pharmacies. But keeping copies of your records and knowing how to find them is an important way to improve the quality of care you receive, especially if you change doctors. Why should I keep copies of my medical records? At some point after your cancer treatment, you might find yourself seeing a new health care pr
It’s 2015 — Why Haven’t Our Medical Records Entered The Digital Age?
In this digital age, we have devices that track our daily exercise and the quality of our sleep. Test results are sent from lab to physician in hours, and doctors can see patients over video conference. And yet, a patient sometimes can’t easily have her medical file sent from one doctor to another, even in the same building, and sometimes medical record software is so difficult to work with that a doctor can only search one page at a time. Our medical records were supposed to
The Importance of Medical Records
Recent improvements patient healthcare are the result of many factors: scientific breakthroughs, medical innovation, and technological advances. Medical records fall into the last category; they are a portal through which a physician and other medical staff can step into the history of a patient to learn about prior care, understand current diagnosis and status, and subsequently create a treatment plan. Medical records have long been vital tools in patient care, and current