If you’re anything like me, I hate filling out forms.

I particularly hate having to remember the dates of past surgeries, illnesses, etc – things I’d frankly rather forget about.That is the reason that I designed the Medical History and Summary form which is part of Patient  Power.

What I didn’t realize at the time that I designed this was that the healthcare reform act would be passed. My understanding is that for healthcare providers who are accepting Medicare, the databases are being updated and all old data will be destroyed.

That is why medical providers are now requiring you to completely redo your medical history.

The other thing to remember is that no one knows your medical history better than you do. Also, no one cares more about your health that you do.

Since you are the only one who knows and cares about your health, it really is important for you to have it written down in a place that you can find it and make it as complete as possible.

Though healthcare providers do the best they can, mistakes happen. It’s no one’s fault. However, when you are the one who was keeping track of your medical history you are much less likely to make a mistake.

Picture this. Fill out your Medical History and Summary one time. Think through the dates of all of your procedures, surgeries, allergies, etc.  it’s easier than you think – pinky swear.

Update it as your situation changes.  You’ll never have to think it through again.

Take it to your provider’s office and give it to them and they will have all the information they need.  You can go to your doctor’s appointments well prepared, taking a copy of your form with you.

Instead of feeling irritated by the inefficiency of the system, you can feel organized and on top of your game.

Let me know how this works for you.

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