What information should you provide to your new doctor?

What information should you provide to your new doctor?

Changing physicians can be difficult even if it’s a voluntary action. When you walk into his or her office that first day, both of you are starting from ground zero. Before you make your first appointment, sit down and think about what information to give a new doctor. First, you’ll want to establish a relationship. This person is going to be part of some of the most important decisions in your life. Make sure you schedule enough time to cover all recent health changes, your overall health history, and any current issues you may be concerned about.

Assuming you have been under the care of another doctor, make arrangements for all of your medical records to be transferred prior to your visit. You should also write down any pertinent information that is not part of your official record. The more information your new doctor has access to, the better decisions he or she can make when it comes to your medical care.

The basics

In today’s climate, physicians are often overburdened and short on time. To be safe, don’t assume that they’ve studied and memorized your medical documentation. Go over the details in person starting with your family history, illnesses or diseases you may have suffered, current medications, and any major medical procedures like surgery that you’ve undergone.

You want the information you give to your new doctor to be as comprehensive as possible so they can begin treating you appropriately right away. One of the most important tools your doctor uses is taking your blood pressure during each appointment. Imagine being able to supply him or her with a full history of your bp.

The wireless arm monitor from Ivy Health Labs is convenient, portable, and easy to use. Before you meet your new doctor, consider taking a few minutes a day to track, record, and compile your blood pressure readings.

The ideal information

Using the wireless arm monitor that records blood pressure history from the comfort of your own home serves to provide an accurate bp picture from your first appointment and will likely be considered invaluable information for the new doctor. Read more about creating data charts that cover pulse rate history and blood pressure history on the Ivy Health Labs site. Be your own health advocate and take charge of your medical history today.