Do you ever get frustrated trying to track down your health records to check them for errors? It can be especially difficult if your doctors work on different computer systems. I spoke to Munjal Shah, Co-founder, and CEO of IQ Health, who has created a free platform for seniors over 65 called CheckMyHealthRecord.com.
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My health care provider is Kaiser where all my records are under one umbrella. But when I was taking care of my late boyfriend, his doctor’s computer systems were different making communication between them, somewhat difficult. They didn’t always have access to updated medications, other doctors’ diagnoses, or previous procedures. We would have to verbally repeat his entire medical history to every nurse, medical assistant, and doctor we encountered.
The danger of this is that a doctor can accidentally prescribe a medication that doesn’t play well with another doctor’s orders.
Munjal Shah, whose innovative Silicon Valley company Health IQ sells health insurance to seniors, created CheckMyHealthRecord.com which enables a patient to view and manage their health records in one place without having to remember multiple logins.
How it works
After you sign up with the platform, you will be asked questions that will not compromise your identity, much like a credit agency. For example, you may see a list of nearby pharmacies in your neighborhood and be requested to enter your favorite. This helps the system find your records and upload them.
You can then check for errors and review your prescriptions. If you see something that does not look right, the platform will walk you through how to fix them. Medical information is most often stolen by someone looking for drugs such as opiates. If you see that a prescription was filled by someone other than yourself, you can let your health care provider know.
You can also enter any supplements you are taking. If there is a possibility of negative drug interactions, you will receive a notification.
COVID has increased medical scams
There will always be people who exploit those who are vulnerable during disasters or pandemics. More than 2 million people a year are victims of identity theft, according to the Medical Identity Theft Alliance. (MIFA) If it happens to you, your credit score, insurance rates, or treatment options can be affected. It is important that you keep track and monitor your health records to protect yourself against fraud.
Free to seniors over 65
There is no charge to use CheckMyHealthRecord.com and no catch. Currently, it is free to seniors over 65.
If you are having a hard time keeping track of your health records, consider giving this free service a try.