When Was the Last Time You Had to Request Your Immunization Records?

You must have been tired.

As your older daughter prepares to begin her third of seven cycles in her one year accelerated nursing program, she needed another copy of her updated immunization record. Because you have more time on your hand and because you live a mere three blocks from the doctor’s office, you offered to go in and ask for the paperwork. Previously when she needed you to run one of these errands your daughter had called ahead and asked that the paperwork be waiting for you at the front desk. On this occasion, your daughter had not thought to call ahead. When you asked for the immunization record the worker at the front desk called to the back nurse’s station and asked if this would be possible. The back nurse simply asked for your daughter’s birthday. You must have been tired, however, because you evidently gave them your birthdate, not your daughter’s. After calling to the back nurse again, the front desk receptionist finally explained that your daughter would need to call in, but then you could pick the paperwork up later in the afternoon.

Fortunately, because you live so close to the office it was not really an inconvenience.

You relayed the message to your daughter and when she finally got back to you she said that the office had not been able to release the paperwork because you had not given the right birthdate for the verification process. The nurse also told you at that time you finally picked up the envelope that with the latest medical software platform, your daughter could actually log in herself and print the records any time that she needed them.

Paperless Digital Check-In Software Platforms Provide Many Advantages

From ob/gyn offices to family medicine offices, there are many ways that the latest digital technologies are proving beneficial. And from maintaining patient privacy to providing quick and easy access to immunization and other records, it should come as no surprise that there are many offices that are using these technologies to their advantage.

In honor of the 200 year anniversary of Florence Nightengale’s birth, the year 2020 has been declared the Year of the Nurse. For the first time in history, in fact, the world will unite in celebrating the benefits Nurses and Midwives bring to the health of the global population. The World Health Organization (WHO), has declared 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife (YONM) and will be using their powers to promote the services that are provided in ob/gyn offices around the world. The latest research indicates that there are 33,624 general ob-gyns in the U.S., and the nurses in these offices are just a few of the many people who benefit from advancements in digital record keeping and other services.

In addition to the joy of bringing new life into this world, of course, ob/gyns and their staff are also responsible for providing other services as well. For instance, research indicates that ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women with an estimated 21,980 women diagnosed each year. Finding a way to get an early diagnosis during regular check-ups at an ob/gyn office is important.

For every patient who walks in a health clinic, there are both record keeping staff, nurses, and doctors who need to be able to verify current patient information. Fortunately, there are increasingly more health care providers who are making use of
digital data to make certain that every visit is an efficient, accurate, and comfortable as possible. Acknowledging the use of these technologies helps ob/gyns and other doctors access records faster. In addition, there are many times when patients can actually see their own test results prior to a scheduled appointment.

We live in increasingly complicated times and it is an advantage that there are companies that are providing the digital record keeping services for the thousands of health care providers around the country. As the nation prepares to celebrate the contributions of nurses and midwives in the year 2020, it only seems fitting that this may also be a time of increased efficiency and security when it comes to patient records.

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