Problem: I recently went through a bit of a health scare – lots of tests and consultations. I’m pretty much in the clear now but I’m still being monitored. Really the worst side effect is that I have to drag my hefty medical files around to each clinic!
Problem: I spent hours digging through my patient’s records and visiting the hospital archives but haven’t managed to find that crucial scan. My patient has no idea where it might be either.
Problem: I’m addressing a complex case at the moment but I suspect the complication is not so much my patient’s medical history but the fact that there are scans, reports, charts scattered across three cities and a handful of clinics and hospitals!
Problem: I had a cancellation today, and the replacement booking turned out to be a patient with some problems relating to a particular consultation report – which was locked away at the city hospital’s archives!
Problem: It’s an emergency, and I’m not sure if the patient is going to be conscious – or be able to recount their vital medical information in any case.
Problem: Lately I find it harder and harder to remember which medication to take each day and when. I’ve mislaid a few of the accompanying instructions and it doesn’t help that I have to take more pills as the years go by.
Problem: I went in for a bone scan yesterday and I’m eager to find out whether I can take a walk today in the confidence that I’m not osteoporotic – or whether I should take my walking stick.
Problem: One of my aged care patients is due to come in to see her test results and I need to pull her scans up from another clinic.
Problem: It’s becoming difficult to manage the amount of data associated with my clinic’s roster of patients. Increasingly, we’re dealing with complex cases, complex medical records.
Problem: As a diabetic I often have to visit several specialists in turn, each requiring various pieces of information from my medical history. It means a lot of appointments, repeat consultations – sometimes I forget.