MY HEALTHCARE NOTEBOOK
The impact of this notebook will be found in bringing it and using it for every visit that impacts your health and wellbeing. When your healthcare providers see that you are documenting what is said or done, it makes them accountable, requiring them to be better providers. Documentation is the key to good healthcare. The healthcare mantra “if it is not documented it is not done” can cause havoc when information is missed or misinterpreted.
This notebook will be a living document. It should be maintained and updated at/for every healthcare professional visit. All your clinical and non-clinical questions, insurance information, medications, health history and test results are in one place. This notebook is go with you to every visit to any healthcare professional: MD. specialist, or treatment like physical therapy. This is portable. Plan to divide by professional expertise section for your PC, Orthopedist, Oncologist, Dermatology etc. This notebook will be your commitment to develop personal responsibility and improved your Quality of Life. This notebook is the best Self Advocacy tool to prepare for getting the knowledge that can impact literally the rest of your life. Being prepared to live a healthy life is 75 percent preparation and awareness and 25 percent implementation.
1.Cover age: current Name, Address, Emergency Contact, ICE on phone.
2.Insurance providers, copies of cards, group number and representatives phone number
3.Vital Information ( Vialoflife.com😊
4.Including name, address, Emergency Contact, DOB, insurance providers, card number, group number and representatives phone number.
5.Brief past familial health history, highlight when there has a cancer or cardiac past within family of origin
6.Detailed health history with tabbed dividers by disease or incident i.e. Orthopedic (include contact information) Gynecology (with contact info), Cardiac, internal medicine MD as well as practice contact information. Each section should include test results that have been done in the past i.e. Labs, blood work, Scans, MRI’s. Highlight past complications including anesthesia difficulties as well as drug sensitivities and allergies.
7.Have patient explain what activities they are currently doing to focus on a healthy lifestyle.
8.Current medications including ALL herbal and over the counter. Encourage single sourcing for all medications as well as pharmacy review once a year usually when they get the list of scripts filled for tax purposes. Get confirmation that current meds are being taken as directed or what changes the patient may have felt they needed to make.
9.Signed and notarized copy of Living Will (secure copies for glove compartment and travel suitcases, Five Wishes, HC POA, DNR and MOST form, when available
10.Reminder a PAPER COPY of Living Will is preferred in an Emergency and it is important to keep a copy in glove compartment and travel suitcases.
11.SUBFOLDER KEPT IN SECURE LOCATION IN THE HOME
12.List ALL PASSWORDS used within the family and identify where they are keep
13.Insurance Medicare Supplemental w/ passwords to accounts