How Often Should You See Your Doctor for a Checkup

How Often Should You See Your Doctor For A Checkup?

In the age of electronic medical records (EMRs), it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all your health related information. If you’re like most people, you probably have no idea where your medical history is stored or if there are any safeguards in place to prevent someone else from accessing it.

If you don’t keep up with your regular doctor visits, you may not even realize that something isn’t right. You could be getting unnecessary tests or procedures because they were never scheduled in the first place!

The good news is that when it comes to checking up on yourself regularly, there are some simple steps you can take now to make sure everything is running smoothly.

1) Make Sure You Have An EMR Installed On Your Computer

As mentioned above, you should definitely have an EMR installed on your computer. Even if you don’t use it for work anymore, having one installed will still save time in the future.

There are several different types of EMRs available today and each one works slightly differently so make sure you research which type best suits your needs before making a purchase.

If this is going to be your first time installing an EMR, be sure to read the instructions carefully before beginning. Most programs come with a detailed manual and FAQ page to help you get started but it never hurts to ask a friend or family member if they’ve had experience with them in the past.

If all else fails, there’s always Google!

2) Go Through Your Old Medical Records

You probably have a file folder somewhere in your home with some of your old medical records in it. Check to see if you still have them and if you do, take the time to read over them.

Look through your old files and see if any tests or screenings are listed that you may have skipped out on recently. Once you find them, circle the date that you need to go in for them.

3) Look Through Your Doctor’s Portion Of EMR

If the EMR you installed is designed for multiple users (like a family), you might have to look around for your own folder. If everything is set up properly, all you’ll have to do is input your name and basic information and the rest of your health records will be at your fingertips.

Sources & references used in this article:

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The intelligent patient’s guide to the doctor-patient relationship: learning how to talk so your doctor will listen by BM Korsch, C Harding – 1998 – books.google.com

Asking women to see nurses or unfamiliar physicians as part of primary care redesign by M Thompson, R Nussbaum – Am J Manag Care, 2000 – ajmc.s3.amazonaws.com

Dental Check-Up: Procedure Details by C Wilson – 2011