I recently went to my PCP for my annual wellness check. The clinic completely redid everything since I had been there last year. The receptionist handed me a little card of questions to discuss with the physician, and she also told me about the new app that they were utilizing for patient records and test results. The questions on the card were:
“What is your main health issue today?”
“What new medications are you currently taking?”
“Do you have any questions/concerns for the doctor?”
I really liked this card because it was a great talking point to discuss concerns with the doctor. Being in the medical field, I already knew what to expect and how the doctor was going to respond to me (asking if I’m eating/exercising/sleeping enough, cranial nerve exam, etc.). But for everyday patients, I think this is a great tool to help those who aren’t too familiar with annual visits, or for those who only come to the doctor when something is wrong.
I also really liked the new online charting app that the clinic is utilizing. It had all my medical information in one, secure location. I had to get bloodwork done to check all my levels, and I was able to see my results within the app immediately, as soon as they were available. I still got a call from my doctor about my labs, but it was nice being able to view everything at my convenience. I believe these two little changes are very beneficial in the long run for patient care.