Personal Health Information Center for "Your" Meaningful Use
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Access to Your Medical Records from Medicare. This is a "Function Disabled" example screen showing a Personal Health Record
The SunCoast RHIO is proud to display the Blue Button Logo
To sign up for Blue Button, go to the MyMedicare.gov website Here.
Once you have your account, you can check it at the same link or go to the government website. See your claims, your doctors, and records of your medications.
You can :
1. Download your information on your own computer.
2.. Print your information for your own records or to bring to your doctor.
3. Use SunCoast RHIO to securely send your information to your provider on your behalf using a secure and encrypted HIPAA compliant messaging system.*
* Contact us for more information if interested in number 3. This is a fee based service. Our charges are one time $5 set up for current Blue Button Information to prepare for sending to your provider; then $3 for every "send" activity. You will need to complete an HHS Consent Form (we supply).
** This Blue Button entry portal is optimized for Medicare Beneficiaries. For Military Users of Blue Button, please use this link.
Participation by SunCoast RHIO in the Blue Button Movement does not imply endorsement by HHS or the U.S. Government. Coming soon: Consumer Blue Button ability for health data views, downloads and transmissions
* “Blue Button, the slogan, ‘Download My Data,’ the Blue Button Logo, and the Blue Button Combined Logo are registered service marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
Coming Soon, Listing of all of your Providers' Patient Portals. One Stop Tracking
Our Initial list:
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Desoto Memorial Hospital
(Contact us or ask your provider to contact us and get added!)
Personal Health Record , Examples of what a PHR can do for you:
Download your visits and provider history, including claims, from Medicare. Send the information to all providers you see or share with family members.
O Update your personal information
O Enter your clinical history and check your immunization requirements.
O View and edit your list of providers
O Set up appointments and assign orders.
O Communicate with doctor offices directly through secure messages.
O Request refills for your prescriptions and set up a medication schedule.
O View your tests and lab results.
O Ask Medical Questions -
We will link you to sources of answers such as the US Government's Agency for Research and Quality (AHRQ). (for Example, this person asked about drug interactions, see answer below listed as ADR, "Adverse Drug Reactions")
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AdverseDrug Reactions: Prevalence and Incidence
The first question healthcare providers should ask themselves is "why is it important to learn about ADRs?"
The answer is because ADRs are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in health care.
The Institute of Medicine reported in January of 2000 that from 44,000 to 98,000 deaths occur annually from medical errors.
Of this total, an estimated 7,000 deaths occur due to ADRs. To put this in perspective, consider that 6,000 Americans die each year from workplace injuries. However, other studies conducted on hospitalized patient populations have placed much higher estimates on the overall incidence of serious ADRs. These studies estimate that 6.7% of hospitalized patients have a serious adverse drug reaction with a fatality rate of 0.32%.
If these estimates are correct, then there are more than 2,216,000 serious ADRs in hospitalized patients, causing over 106,000 deaths annually.
If true, then ADRs are the 4th leading cause of death—ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents, and automobile deaths. These statistics do not include the number of ADRs that occur in ambulatory settings. Also, it is estimated that over 350,000 ADRs occur in U.S. nursing homes each year.
The exact number of ADRs is not certain and is limited by methodological considerations. However, whatever the true number is, ADRs represent a significant public health problem that is, for the most part, preventable. We can next ask ourselves, what are the health care costs associated with adverse drug reactions?
Again, methodological constraints limit making completely accurate estimates, but one estimate of the cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality is $136 billion annually, which is more than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care in the United States.
In addition, one out of 5 injuries or deaths per year to hospitalized patients and the elderly may be as a result of ADRs.
Finally, a two-fold greater mean length of stay, cost and mortality has been reported for hospitalized patients experiencing an ADR compared to a control group of patients without an adverse drug reaction.
Why are there so many ADRs? There are many reasons. Here are just a few:
First, more drugs—and many more combinations of drugs—are being used to treat patients than ever before. To exemplify this point, 64% of all patient visits to physicians result in prescriptions. Secondly, 2.8 billion prescriptions were filled in the year 2000. That is about 10 prescriptions for every person in the United States. Finally, the rate of ADRs increases exponentially after a patient is on 4 or more medications.