Getting your hands on back-to-school medical records is getting a little easier
By Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Third in a blog series on health IT.
The last thing you want to do with your precious summer hours is sit waiting on hold or in a doctor’s office trying to get access to basic medical records.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could instantly get access to your kid’s vaccination and healthcare records whenever you need to submit proof for camp, school, or organized sports? We have some good news for you.
These days the process of collecting those required medical documents are a chore that can often be much simpler, if not instantly completed.
In many cases, vaccination and physical exam reports from doctors’ offices are available with the click of a mouse. Or at least they should be.
When it works, electronic health records (EHRs) provide an easy resolution to straightforward needs like proof of immunizations in addition to other basic doctor communication like requesting appointments or referrals, checking lab results, and refilling prescriptions.
Parents and guardians looking for that elusive vaccination record can frequently get that information from their EHR without leaving home, or spending time on hold. Even better, EHRs are secure technology, meaning only the provider and her authorized staff has access, unlike email which may or not be secure.
Unfortunately for consumers, this is still a growing practice and not all doctors’ offices have adopted the new technology. Plus, not all EHRs are created equal with some being easier to navigate and stocked with more helpful information than others. Consider talking to your doctor about taking the plunge into the digital age and giving patients the convenience that follows.
Don’t be shy about spreading the word: tweet @CU_Health and use hashtag #HealthIT to tell the world how EHRs made getting your records or your child’s vaccination or physical exam records seamless (or not!). You can also share your story with us directly using this link. To join our movement and receive periodic updates and communications from Consumers Union Advocacy on this and other topics of interest to consumers like you, click here.