2020 has taught us the importance of preparing for the unexpected.
Think of it this way: You wouldn’t leave the house without a driver’s license, so why would you risk encountering an emergency without having a Medical Profile. Let me explain more:
So what is a Medical Profile Summary?
A medical profile summary is an up-do-date organized summary that includes your pertinent medical history, contacts, and medical wishes. It is typically 1-3 pages long. Once this is created it can be easily updated as things change.
Why is a Medical Profile Summary important?
It is important because if you are in an emergency situation, the healthcare professionals will quickly have pertinent information that they need to help care for you best. Another place it comes in handy is when going to see a new doctor or another healthcare provider. It is a great idea to give a copy of your Medical Profile Summary to a family member or friend in case of an emergency.
What do you do with a Medical Profile Summary?
A good place for a Medical Profile Summary is in your purse/or wallet and somewhere easily accessible in your home. As mentioned, it is also a good idea to give a copy to a family member or friend.
Doesn’t your doctor already have all this information?
Maybe. In today’s healthcare industry, patients often see various providers at various health care facilities, hospitals, urgent care facilities, outpatient surgery centers, etc. While technology has improved how many of these communicate and share information about joint patients; there is often information that is missed as well as a very large amount of information in an unorganized arrangement. Also not all healthcare professionals such as EMS (ambulance) have access to this information. A Medical Profile Summary is a concise brief pertinent summary. The goal is to have you as the patient be up to date on your medical profile as well as provide a more efficient way for health care providers to care for you.
How do you obtain a Medical Profile Summary?
Pathway Patient Advocates can help. We can create a medical Profile Summary for you as well as provide it in a format that you can easily update as needed. Contact us to learn more. (248) 247-8552.