1/9/2012: Health Records & Treatment Logs – What’s the Big Deal?
What are Health Records and Treatment Logs – and Why Should Anyone Keep Them?
The landscape of healthcare is rapidly changing. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in managing their illnesses and use the tools available to make this process easy. Medical practices are teaming up with patients to assist in this endeavor. A crucial step towards managing your own healthcare is to keep a personal health record and treatment log. These will help you monitor your care and provide important health information to your various medical providers. These records can also be useful when filing or reviewing health insurance claims.
A health record can be comprised of records you receive from your doctor, such as lab and medical screening results.
What Type of Information Can I Keep in My Health Record?
- Family medical history
- Personal medical history
- List of allergies to foods, medications or other substances
- List of medications you are taking and instructions for their use
- List and details of important medical problems, i.e. diabetes or heart disease
- Name and phone numbers for your emergency contact
- Names and phone numbers of physicians who treat you
- Medical insurance policy name and number
- Records of preventive care, i.e. mammograms, pap smears, heart scan
- Important, recent health ‘numbers’, i.e. blood pressure, weight, cholesterol
- Copies of important medical records including lab tests, radiographic reports, operative and consultation reports
Your health record can also include treatment records that you create yourself, such as a symptom or medication logs. These types of treatment logs are currently optional for most insurance companies, but this is changing over time. In the future, more insurance companies may begin to require treatment logs as further validation of treatment recommendations.
What about Treatment Logs Specifically for People with Bleeding Disorders?
Let’s highlight one particular type of treatment log used at the IHTC. Patients with bleeding disorders are encouraged to keep a log of infusions or treatments. These logs organize records from an extended period of time into a format that is easy to review. Recalling treatment by memory alone is likely to be inaccurate. Having written information at a glance will assist in the development of the best treatment plan for you. It also makes discussing issues or questions with your nurse or doctor easier, either in clinic or when a concern arises.
If you have a bleeding disorder, the IHTC has 2 options available for keeping a treatment log.
- First is ATHNadvoy, the electronic log that allows you to log infusions or treatments via computer.
- Second is the IHTC Infusion Calendar, a specially designed calendar that allows you to document treatment on paper, and have both a paper copy for yourself and another to send to the center.
If you keep a paper log, mail these records to the center to be reviewed and then scanned into your medical record. If your logs show that you needed to infuse more than expected, that you had several bleeds, or anything else that stands out, a nurse will call you to make sure everything is okay. A report of your infusion logs are printed to be reviewed at each of your comprehensive clinic visits. Medical staff can also access these logs via your electronic medical record. Call the IHTC at 877-256-8837 to receive a paper calendar or for questions about keeping an infusion log.