eHealth Search, Set & Register Services

Pamela Swingley - October 22, 2010

Empowering Patients with eHealth Search, Set and Register Services

A few years ago, during dinner on the patio at the Bellago Hotel in Las Vegas, I fainted. It was one of those embarrassing, scary moments you don’t forget. I’d just finished the last bite of the mixed green salad with goat cheese, when I began to feel very sick and confused. The next thing I heard were sirens and opened my eyes to a noisy group of strange people standing above me. The very hunky paramedics agreed to skip the trip to the hospital if I returned home the next day to see a doctor.

I don’t have a regular doctor, so I did a search for one using the website of my health plan provider. I figured all I needed was a general practitioner within 10 miles of my home. I scanned the list and picked a name at random, called the number and was relieved that they were accepting new patients and that I could get an appointment at 9:00 the next morning.

When I arrived the waiting room looked quaint, and vaguely familiar furnished in the late 60’s style that is once again hip. As I completed the medical history paperwork, I noticed I was the only person in the waiting room.

When I saw the doctor, that feeling of deja vu made sense. Dr. Cox had set my broken ankle when I was eight. He was still practicing medicine at 91.

He thought I looked pretty healthy, and that it was probably dehydration, but ordered a number of tests to be sure. An odd number in my blood workup led to more tests. Thankfully in the end, it must have been too much Las Vegas.

A few weeks later I stopped by his office to go over my last blood test and get a copy of my files, just in case I got sick again. On the door was a handwritten note that Dr. Cox had retired and I could call a number at a storage facility if I needed my records. (A good example of why we need control of our own records through a PHR like RememberItNow!)

I was lucky that I didn’t have a medical condition that required ongoing care. This experience made me realize how important it is to research your doctor before you set the first appointment. To consider criteria other than convenience and availability. In fact, if I’d spoken to my best friend Kathy, she would have reminded me that he had been her doctor too, 45 years ago.

Several new services are empowering patients to find their ideal health practitioner, easily set online appointments and complete patient registration information online before the appointment. Many of these services include references from people like my friend Kathy.

RememberItNow! is in the businesses of empowering patients, and we track other companies that have related eHealth solutions. We’ll share the names of what we are calling “search, set and register” services as we run across them. These companies are in various stages of “startup”, and we can’t make any recommendations for the quality of the service. So for now, you’ll have to do your own due diligence.

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