This series of requests is usually about finding a good online patient group, but what the heck, why not this?
A heart patient named Chris from Long Island contacted me looking for something I’ve sought myself: a tool for organizing one’s records. I hope everyone who helped me with that last summer will be tolerant of my weak memory if I forget to mention theirs – my needs ended suddenly mid-search and I never got around to finishing the hunt. So here we are. This time we’ll record it in the comments!
Chris has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the enlarged heart-muscle condition that Hugo Campos has made famous. He’s never heard of Hugo, nor has he heard of the AliveCor, but he sure shares Hugo’s understandable desire to be responsible for his own well-being! That’s what we call being an empowered, engaged “e-patient.”
Here’s what he sent:
… I have been an advocate for myself insofar as I am able to try and garner information and ‘house’ my medical records for easier, access, transmittal and peace of mind. I fervently believe that this is a requisite portion of partnering with a doctor or medical teams to handle issues and provide solace.
As I had mentioned, I was diagnosed with a cardiac issue and being adopted, I never knew of my medical history. I have looked for years to find websites, apps and e-devices to scan, store, and file my medical history into one accessible hub. I simply cannot find one specific rating system or even helpful links that would provide more than a cursory glance into this technological world.
Here are the tools I know of, in alphabetical order, from past discussions:
Thoughts, all?? I know this field is advancing faster than I’ve been able to pay attention to it. Help!