When you change doctors, your new doctor will ask you to sign a form that gives them access to your medical records. When you get checked into the hospital for any kind of procedure, their first question usually involves determining where to find your medical records. As the Internet becomes more prevalent in society, your medical records are becoming easier for organizations and medical professionals to access. But when it is all said and done, do you really need medical records?
The Expansion Of Access
Access to your medical records used to be restricted to only the records held by your primary physician. While every medical organization that treats you would start their own file of your medical records, there was a concentrated effort to make sure that every medical event in your life was eventually added to the medical records your primary physician held.
These days, the Internet cloud allows secured access to your medical records by anyone in the world. If you are injured while on vacation, the doctor who treats you should be able to access your medical records online. The United States has created an entire set of laws dedicated to making it mandatory that medical records be available online, but also restricting access to those records for security.
You need medical records because a doctor who is preparing to treat you with medication who has never met you before will need to know your medical history to prescribe the right medication. You could have a specific allergy or you could be taking a medication right now that would react badly with other medications and cause even more medical problems. Without access to your medical records, a doctor who is treating you for the first time will never be sure if the medication you are being given is safe or not.
Sometimes past surgeries can lead to future injuries and any doctor who is looking to treat you will need to know your surgical history to make the right diagnosis. If you already have a replacement knee, then any doctor who wants to treat new knee pain in that area will need to know about that replacement knee in order to treat you properly. Knowing your surgical past can also help to explain missing organs and any plates or screws that are in your body.
On the more morbid side, your medical records are essential in identifying your body if you are ever involved in a fire or some sort of accident with many different victims. A positive identification of your remains is necessary to make sure that your beneficiaries are paid the death benefits on any life insurance policies you have in effect, and it is also important in helping your family to move forward and close out your estate.
Your Medical records are essential while you are alive, and they can become very important when you pass away. Good medical records will ensure that you always get quality health care no matter which medical professional treats you, and they will also ensure that your family can benefit from the financial plans you have made for after you pass away.