In many areas of our lives, we deal with one person for one specific need. We call one insurance agency when something happens to our car. One plumber when our pipes freeze. We have our favourite mechanics and banks!
When it comes to healthcare, it is not always as simple as calling one doctor. We have different doctors who help us with different aspects of our care. For instance, my son is followed by an eye doctor, a pediatrician and a dermatologist. When he was younger, he was seen by a speech therapist, a fine motor skill one. Each time I had to note down all the medications he was taking, all the health issues he had. Sometimes I forget and I struggle to find the information. I have always wished for a tool that carried all his medical records. A tool like Digital Health.
What is Digital Health?
Digital Health is a service that aims to bring healthcare records for Canadians into the modern era. You won’t have to worry about carrying discs and files from one specialist to the next and no more having to tell the same story five times to each new specialist. All of your family’s medical records will be digitized and readily available for any doctor or specialist!
Perhaps you are a parent like me who has to record all the immunizations in a book, the medical history in another. Before I learned about digital health, I assumed I’d be stuck reciting the same pattern of information each and every time we visited the doctors and specialists with my son. We would see doctors even within the same group and end up having to tell them what we had just told their colleague hours or days before! It is terribly frustrating and can make an already difficult situation even more upsetting. Digital health makes all of your child’s healthcare records available through digitization. Imagine all of your doctors always having access to the most up to date information! I won’t need to repeat over and over again. I would not have to worry again about forgetting. I would be able to keep up with all of my son’s appointments, doctors, medical files.
National Digital Health Week is a Great Time to Get Educated!
National Digital Health Week runs from November 16th to the 22nd and this is a great time to educate yourself on the topic of digital health. Canada Heath Infoway has a lot of great information on the topic and can help get you started!
Even if your child does not suffer from a chronic condition, or visit many specialists, Digital health can still make a big difference in the way you look at your own healthcare information. With digital health you can see test results as soon as they come back. Blood work and testing results can be viewed online without the hassle of running back into the doctor’s office to get the results of routine testing. Digital health can help you monitor and manage all of your family’s healthcare records which can help you all live a happier and healthier life. Your children’s immunization records, life-long records, and e-booking are just a few of the many benefits of using the digital health system.
Learn more about digital health and how it can help keep your doctors up to date on your child’s medical information!
Join in the discussion by using the hashtag #ThinkDigitalHealth on social media to see what others are saying!
Do you use the digital health system? Do you expect to use digital health in the future?
“Although this post has been generously sponsored by Canada Health Infoway, the opinions and language are my own”