Managing your medical records is important not only to ensure your doctors
have the information they need to provide you with proper care but also
so that you can keep track of your medical history and the treatments
being provided to you. Being an informed medical care consumer can save
your life! You can manage your records both on and offline every time
you see a provider.
Start with creating a list of your current medications and updating it
every time your dose is changed or you stop and start a medicine. A log
of your symptoms will help you have more productive doctor appointments
and will ensure you have proof of when symptoms began. Keep visit summaries
from your physician visits and make your own notes about each appointment.
Research not only the doctors you are seeing, but also the hospitals they
are affiliated with, to ensure that you are seeing the best health care
providers for your particular conditions. There are many official websites
maintained by US state departments of health which give background informaton
on doctors, hospitals and other medical providers.
The attorneys at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC can help to assess whether
the medical care you received departed from the appropriate standards
of care. If you believe you the care you received was not proper call
us at (516) 858-2194.