The holidays are a time of rest and relaxation. They are moments to create extra special memories with friends and family which will last forever...but what if they are tainted? What if your holiday takes an unexpected turn for the worst? Accidents happen, and they certainly don’t go along with what is convenient for you. So instead of risking not having your records and your family’s medical records handy in case of an emergency, this holiday season invest in your family’s health.
Hurricane Irma is still affecting countless families in the Caribbean and Floridian waters. It is estimated that certain localities which are already without electricity should expect to stay in the dark until the end of 2017. Thousands of island inhabitants have been rendered without food, water, and shelter. Many of which have been injured by the storm’s fury. However, to make things even worse, there are locations where over 90% of buildings, including hospitals which have been devastated. Medical records have been destroyed and remain unaccounted for as people attempt to rebuild their lives.
Having a patient portal account is a critical necessity for all. Ailments and disasters are not bias, and on any given day you could find yourself or a loved one in need of the benefits that PiX (a patient portal) provides. Just think about it - your physician’s office could be demolished by a natural or manmade disaster. If your physician is not a Cloud solution subscriber, all of your records could be lost permanently - but not if you have PiX. This is how it works…
Usually the idea of patients controlling their own medical images strikes fear into the hearts of medical care professionals. Patients can jump to rash conclusions based off of their images, before even speaking to their medical care provider. While it may be controversial as to who should own medical images, the truth is having engaged patients will improve medical outcomes.
As we discussed in our previous blog post, whomever took your scan legally owns the image. Despite that, we raised several reasons that patients should be interested in controlling their own images. But where do my doctors fit into this puzzle?