Five years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, luckily it was caught in the early stages and she has been cancer-free ever since. It was in the following years that the benefits of an interoperable health system have become evident to my mother and our family.
All the care my mother has received from her surgery to the many follow-up visits from various doctors have all occurred in and with doctors who work in the Baptist Health System in Jacksonville. Since all the doctors work in the same interoperable health system, any of her doctors can quickly and easily take a look at any or all test and other procedures done and ordered by another doctor in another practice. While she has only had a relationship with her oncologist for the last 5 years, this easy access allows my mother to ask her OB/GYN who she has been seeing her since before I was born (I am not going to say how many years that is) to get his opinion on a recent test she had done while still in his office – something that with papers records would have taken much longer. This allows her to leave the OB/GYN’s office with more of a sense of relief knowing that she has gotten this positive feedback from her trusted doctor she has been seeing for so long.
For my mother, knowing that everyone on her care team is playing from the same “playbook” helps put her at ease in the years since she was diagnosed with cancer, and this is what we all look forward to once our health system has achieved full interoperability.
#IHeartHIT because it allows care teams to play from the same playbook
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