Technology Is Keeping Track of More Than Just Scores at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Electronic Health Records: Helping Team USA and YOU Achieve Better Health and Care

Today, technology is tracking more than just scores, stats, and outcomes of competitions at the London 2012 Olympics. For the first time in history, our Olympic athletes, their doctors, and trainers will use electronic health records to track, treat, and transform the health of Team USA.

As a sports and health advocate, a current ONCer, and a former member of the staff at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, it’s thrilling to hear that electronic health records are playing a role in maintaining the peak performance of this elite group of athletes.

How Health IT Can Help You Achieve Better Care

So what does that have to do with the majority of us who aren’t elite athletes—or athletes at all? It means that managing our health and care just got easier and more efficient—and what is being used at the Olympics shows that health IT can be used locally and worldwide.

Being as healthy as possible and, if desired, at peak athletic performance, are personal decisions that require information about our health—anywhere, anytime. But how can you know what’s possible if there isn’t a system in place to track, treat, and transfer the knowledge between members of our medical teams? Health IT and in particular, electronic health records, offer great promise to allow each and every one of us to improve our understanding of our health.  Over time, as the electronic health record replaces paper medical records, vital health information will be in one place for a coordinated medical team to care for each one of us. Consolidating health information can be life-saving and having it all in one place makes it convenient.

Become Engaged in Your Health Like Team USA

So how can you become like a member of Team USA and join your health care team?

  • Get a copy of your electronic health record Exit Disclaimer so you can be an active part of your health and care. Like the 500+ athletes of Team USA, you and those you love and care for, the impact of health IT can make a difference.
  • Understand what’s in your health record Exit Disclaimer and review it for accuracy. By being an active partner in your health care, you can join me and put the “I” in Health IT Exit Disclaimer. This will help us all improve and enhance the coordination, safety, and quality of our care and save time and money by making sure we don’t have to fill out the same forms or undergo the same tests each time we go to see a new doctor or change health insurance companies

What Efficiency and Quality Care Mean to Me

Efficiency and quality of care also means more to me today as a full-time Latina working mother coordinating medical appointments with my husband for our two sons (ages 10 and 9), and as a caregiver of my 77-year old father; asking Exit Disclaimer for copies of our medical records helps me keep track of my family’s health. Taking care of my family begins with monitoring my health first; my goal is to outlive my mother who died of cancer at the age of 57 so that I can be there for my sons.

You too can join your own medical team to follow your ‘health scores’ and create a health care plan for you and your family just by using health IT, which continues to evolve.

For those who already have their electronic health records, what difference did knowing what’s in your health record do to improve your health and that of your family? Tell me more.

And of course before signing-off – Go Team USA! Best of luck!

 

For more information on health IT and electronic health records, visit HealthIT.gov.

8 Comments

  1. Oyun says:

    I totally agree with the point that managing our health and care gets easier and more efficient. IT is everywhere and why not health?

  2. Don says:

    Way to go GE Healthcare’s Centricity Practice Solution for being the EHR of choice for the U.S. Olympic Committee and our Olympic athletes!

  3. Kim Danek says:

    I agree. I am the person in my family who coordinates all the health and dental visits for our family. If I were to die suddenly,my husband would have some catching up to do to be able to make sure that our childrens’ medical appointments were kept up to date.

    I wish the military and the VA would have better online records for us to use. Just last week I had to call to remind a military audiology clinic that I needed a copy of my son’s annual hearing exam because we are never sure he’ll be seen in the same facility, or even in a military network the next time around. The audiologist had to print out his results, scan them, and email them to me in order for me to see them and have a copy for next year. An accessible electronic database would be great.

  4. It is indeed true that, being able to manage our health appropriately can be of great help in several ways. Majorities out there simply do not value good health and this intend causes other calamities and even death.

  5. isaac L says:

    Keeping track of health records is a nightmare. I don’t even know where mine are. Given that, even if I did have accurate records, I would be concerned about privacy. Especially with olympic athletes, surely they are concerned that their health records’ privacy becomes jeopardized? Like the wikipedia leaks or something like that, how to you prevent it? what kind of testing do you do on your systems?

  6. This is great! We offer a complimentary Educational Webinar Series where we discuss the hot topics of EHRs with subject matter experts. You can find the schedule here: http://www.txrecs.org/webinars

  7. Gerald Theis says:

    Consumers will definitely become empowered with a personal health record that they own and can share with their health care providers anywhere anytime during a personal medical emergency or disaster event or routine office visit. Unlike an electronic medical record a patient-centric PHR is owned by the patient not the health plan, hospital or government.

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