One of my new year’s resolution was to get a Primary Care doctor. This has been on my new year’s resolution list for the last five years. Since my last doctor died in an accident I have been acting as my own primary care doctor. No I have not been checking my own heart, blood pressure, etc… I have just been going to straight specialists when I needed some medical attention.
But finally yesterday I (really Mrs. Invisible) found a doctor. The visit was a real eye opener on what they have been talking about when it comes to more accessible medical records. This is one of the ways the medical establishment thinks they can bring down medical costs.
For the last few years I had been getting regular blood tests to track my cholesterol along with the other buffet of tests a person of a certain age should get. If anything I was a good diligent patient for a team of specialists even though I did not have a primary care doctor.
So… And this is the wow part… I was sitting there in the doctor’s office and armed with my name, birth date, and social security number the doctor was able to bring up all the results form all my tests even though they were done at two different medical institutions. Every detail was there. With a few quick clicks she could have produced some nice graphs and charts.
Yes, I did ask the doctor if I could donate some of my excess cholesterol to those people who may need it.