My father passed away from Colorectal Cancer in 2008 and going to most of his appointments, I know that having Digital health records would have been beneficial for his treatment. It would have shortened the times between doctor’s and specialist appointments, since the information would be immediately in his file. It would have also saved lots of money that we spent to get copies of his records for second opinions. How many times have you wanted to see your medical records before you go to an appointment or just for your own piece of mind.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and we thought it might be a good opportunity to share how digital health tools can help ease the cancer journey. When Toronto-resident Judith was diagnosed with rectal cancer, a personal health record system enabled her and her family to easily track appointments and review her medical information and test results. Having access to one’s own health records means better care for Canadians like Judith. Replacing paper with electronic records means fewer medication errors, faster analysis, easier sharing of clinical and diagnostic data and more time spent on patient care. Judith credits digital health with empowering her and members of her family throughout the cancer journey, from diagnosis to follow-up appointments five years later.
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