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Empowering Individuals To Manage Their Healthcare Through The Use Of A Personal Medical Organizer

By: Amber J Bowden

The Quality of Life is the single most important thing to you when you are sick or terminally ill. Your life changes very quickly and sometimes dramatically, as does the lives of those around you and especially those close to you. A specific medical organizer can cover a broad category of illnesses that can have dramatic effects on an individual's ability to function physiologically, emotionally, occupationally, and socially. Given the complex nature of cancer, diabetes or heart related health conditions, people living with and fighting with these are sometimes referred to multiple specialists and focusing on interventions for multiple body systems; in addition to multiple chemical interventions, appointments, and orders for lifestyle changes. All of these issues are chaotic enough, not to mention draining, but then being responsible for the management of the information and advocating for the best medical care can be overwhelming.

Another aspect of a medical organizer tool is the assistance it provides with regards to working with insurance companies. After being diagnosed with one of the above health conditions, you must be an advocate for yourself which means understanding your unique insurance situation and assuring that you are receiving the best possible care and limiting the financial hardship that will result. Management of medical issues goes beyond making sure physiological systems are seen and addressed, it includes advocating for your life before, during, and after the diagnosis of cancer. A Medical Organizer is a tool for this coordination and a part of the total process of care. No matter what type, what severity, what location, or what health condition, requires multifaceted care coordination, planning, and record keeping. While this process can occur on a simple pen and paper, there are resources that exist to not only accomplish this basic process, but also to act as a resource guide to provide information that elicits a sense of positivity, emotional support and organization.

Benefits of having a Personal Medical Organizer...

•Offers the convenience of having relevant medical details centralized in one location.
•Manage information relating to conditions, allergies, emergency information, provider visits, procedures, medications, and more.
•Having up-to-date information in your medical organizer provides current and accurate information to health providers and their care givers.
•Potential drug interactions can be considered if current medications are known, and previous adverse reactions need not be repeated if they are made known to your doctor.
•Portable and Private. Make emergency information available to medical providers by carrying it with you.
•If you are traveling and have to go to a hospital in an emergency, a physician can more quickly assess a patient when provided with relevant medical details.

Being organized and prepared with information is a great step in the process of dealing with and taking an active role in your healthcare!

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