Colletta Dunn is a health consumer.
“My once-a-year physical is very important to make sure that my blood pressure and cholesterol is where it should be,” Dunn says.
But when she leaves her doctor’s office, she is confident that nothing is being left on the table. Colletta can now go home and review the appointment, along with any prescriptions or orders for tests. And message the office if she chooses.
“Just an example of what I did recently was my lab work for this year’s physical. I went on to MyChart. I logged in, I asked them to please send me the forms,” Dunn says. “I got it the very next day and off I went to the lab.”
Almost everything in her chart becomes part of MyChart.
“MyChart is a patient portal for patients to actually look at their medical record online,” says Lee Memorial Health System internal medicine physician Dr. Leah Lynch. “It allows the patient to see lab results, imaging results, to exchange messages with their physicians, to request appointments and to look at portions of their medical records like their history and medication list.”
Having your health history at your fingertips is a jumping-off point, giving you the option of health-on-the-go. Lee Memorial Health System is offering the MyChart app for your smartphone, so wherever you go, your records go with you.
“Our society is one where people want to be able to get in touch with their doctor’s office anytime. They want to and they contact their bank online, they want to be able to contact their doctor’s office online too,” Dr. Lynch says.
The system was made possible by the transition to electronic records. Forty thousand users have signed up so far. Many of them are elderly.
“It’s actually pretty impressive how many of our older population are using it, really actively, and really loving it.”
A sentiment Colletta Dunn shares.
“There are times where you see a doctor; you have a list of things you want to go over but yet you’ve forgotten half of them by the time you leave. I can actually get on MyChart the next day and say ‘oh by the way I forgot this’ “
MyChart gives her a handle on her health.