For a while I’ve been disturbed that I have better records of my car’s maintenence record than my own medical record. (It’s about time I get it from graduate insitution…) It’s 2006, and the state of technology concerning this seems quite behind. Everytime I see a doctor I fill out a form (pen and paper!!) about my medical history.
Now, I realize that the medical industry is burdened with dozens or hundreds of regulations, medical records are a touchy subject regarding preexisting conditions and insurance. Of course, the system is so messed up that a lifestyle choice such as smoking doesn’t increase your premiums if your health insurance is through your employer. Health insurance being tied to your employer, hence choking competition and job mobility — another fine legacy of the “New Deal.” Thanks FDR!
Anyway, my simple question, which I posed to the admin staff at the podiatrist’s office was this: Why not submit my medical history to my insurance company so they offices can download it when I make a visit? Or why not have a on-line service that I can purchase that stores this info, independent of insurance, that a doctor’s office can retrieve at my request? Well, apparently there’s at least one service like this: yourmedchart.com. Hmm.