Zweena is a powerful tool that allows you to securely store and access your medical records online via computer, smartphone or tablet.
However, this implies you have your medical records in the first place!
This post goes over the process of how to get your medical records so you can access, view and share medical information when and where you need to.
Follow the steps below to learn how to collect your medical records:
1. Compile a list of your medical providers
Did you know that medical providers have to keep patient’s medical records seven years after the last treatment date? If a patient is deceased, those records have to be retained for three years after the date the patient passed away.
However, a provider may hold on to your records after seven years… so it’s best to compile a list of the last known providers you’ve seen even past seven years.
Doesn’t hurt to try!
2. Call medical offices and inquire about their process
Once you have a list of the medical providers you’ve seen in the last ~7 years, you need to get in contact with them via phone and ask some questions.
Your short list of questions should include:
- I’m calling to collect my medical records from this office. What do I need to complete to do this?
- Do you have a specific records release form that I need to fill out? If so – where can I obtain this form?
- Do you charge a fee for making or sending copies of my medical information? If so, how much?
- If there is a fee for making copies, do we pay that in advance or after-the-fact?
- What’s the typical timeline for your office to find, photocopy, and mail copies of my medical information to me?
Answers to these questions will vary by medical office, so we recommend you keep an organized list of the answers by medical provider.
3. Hurry up … and wait
Medical offices can take up to 60 days to send you your medical records.
You’re pretty much at the mercy of each medical provider’s during this process.
Zweena is here to help
We want to empower patients to take an active role in their health. This begins by gathering and organizing a complete picture of their medical history.
To help you track down all your medical records, we’ve created an Excel worksheet that is specifically designed to help track of the record-gathering process as you contact each of your medical providers.
We know the process is time-consuming and can greatly vary office-to-office; this worksheet will help you keep tabs on everything so you know when you contacted an office, their copy charge fee structure, when you expect copies of your records to come in, and more.
If you need us, just ask!
If you’re pressed for time or find this process daunting, let Zweena do the work for you.
For only $10 a month, our medical experts will collect medical records from all your providers, upload them into the Zweena platform and show you how to access, view and share your medical information from your desktop, smartphone or tablet.
For more information, view our all inclusive plan details now.
The age of mobile and interactive computing is here, and there is no turning back.
Consumers of all ages are more connected to one another now than they ever have been. Recent connectivity between individuals have grown. People came to expect the same level of digital functionality from the products and services they used.
From Georgia to Maine, the East Coast hasn’t seen this much snow since the late 1800′s.
New York City had just 11 school closings in the last 40 years yet struggled to keep all 132 schools open during recent heavy snow fall this winter. New Jersey dropped 40,000 tons of rock salt to keep drivers safe on the road. The Pennsylvania Turnpike had a 100 car pile up with 30 injuries, five of which were listed in critical condition. And last but not least, 21 people died so far from snow plows, heart attacks, and other injuries as a result of the snow storms.
And there are still more snow storms to come.(more…)
What is concierge medicine and who is using it these services?
Over the past decade, the trend in Primary Care Specialties has been for physicians to see an increasingly large panel of patients. This is due, in part, to decreasing reimbursements from Medicare and private insurance companies for primary care services. In many cases, physicians today see more patients for the same, or less, compensation than they received in the past.
What is structured or digitized health data?
This is one of the most common questions we hear at Zweena Health. Most healthcare consumers think that anything stored in a computer or digital fashion is considered ‘structured’ or ‘digitized’ health information, which quite honestly couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Owning Your Health Record is Now Easier then Ever
Your first step in taking control of your healthcare is to own your health data.
Data is power.
It empowers you to be your own healthcare advocate and do the following:
- Easily switch doctors or get a second opinion without the hassle of rerunning tests.
- Read your doctors notes after each doctor appointment and research the prognosis so you can ask your physician important questions, ultimately allowing you to make more informed decisions
- Take preventative action instead of emergency action, which is more costly both to your health outcome and wallet
According to a recent article by Medical Economics, HIPAA is making it difficult for physicians to allow patients to share medical information with family members for security reasons. If caught, providers could face fines of $50,000 without providing a current paper-based trail of the medical information.
“Why do I need a personal health record?”
The team has heard this question many times over the past eight years and, frankly, it’s a great question: Why do you need a personal health record?
A few good reasons include:
- The ability to chart health goals and measure your progress against these targets
- Having access to your health information at any time or place when disaster strikes and you end up on the mend
- Owning a personal health record helps you avoid medical errors. Not many people are aware of this, but 98,000 deaths are caused by preventible medical errors every year in the US
We’re all a fan of a good story here at Zweena. And just like Dorothy followed the yellow brick road in the Wizard of Oz, we are on our own journey.
Why are we on this journey?
- 98,000 people die a year from preventable medical errors; that’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every single day. Active healthcare patients tend to receive better care at a lower cost.
- We want you, the healthcare consumer, to own your health data; asking doctors for recent pages of your medical notes is the first step in making that happen!
- We want to help you be healthier by focusing on preventable, not symptom-based, medical treatment. People who use tools like a personal health record are more active in spotting health issues before they become a problem.
We all know how hectic the holidays can be when you’re taking care of loved ones.
Cooking and/or baking just adds to the madness of shopping and traveling.
As a gift from our family to yours, we compiled a list of healthy recipes from our very own cherished family cookbooks as well as from the cookbooks from a few famous chefs on the web and put them together in this holiday cookbook made specifically for caregivers.(more…)