An 85 year old male patient with a history of heart and digestive issues tells his primary care physician (PCP) that he has recently had intermittent chest pains. His PCP orders a routine blood panel. When he sees the results, he tells his patient to see his cardiologist to determine if he needs to change his meds or have other tests.
When he sees his cardiologist, she tells him she doesn’t have his recent test results or his records from his other providers that she needs to coordinate his care and, accordingly, must reschedule the visit. She also tells him that in the interim she wants him to have another blood test, and that she will contact his PCP and his other doctors to get copies of their recent progress notes.
To her surprise, her patient tells her that none of that is necessary! He has digitized copies of his blood test and his other providers’ progress notes on his MedKaz® mini drive which she can access then and there!
What should she do? Plug her patient’s Medkaz into her EMR system and treat her patient, or do the opposite: proceed with a second visit, second blood test and request her patient’s records from his other providers?
She most certainly should NOT plug his MedKaz (or any third-party device for that matter) into her EMR system. It might infect her system with malware, ransomware or otherwise corrupt it — or her system might infect his MedKaz! So she should continue with the second-test/second-visit scenario even though it will require her to spend twice as much time with her patient and materially increase the cost of treating him!
But what if she could instantly access her patient’s information and records from his other doctors WITHOUT plugging his MedKaz into her EMR system? Should she make the same choice, or go with his MedKaz?
In this case, she should go with his MedKaz. Everyone will benefit!
- She will only have to see her patient once instead of twice. This will free her to see more patients, simplify her life, save time and money, and feel good about herself and her work.
- Her patient will be happier because he won’t have to waste time on a second visit and won’t have to pay a second deductible and copay.
- His employer or insurer (including Medicare) will be happy — they’ll save the cost of the second visit and test!
The question then becomes how to do it — and the answer couldn’t be simpler: She plugs his MedKaz into a standalone computer or tablet in her exam room!
At the start of a visit, she logs on, her patient enters his password and his MedKaz opens.
- She reads his up-to-date MedKaz-generated Health Summary and any other documents which save her three to six minutes getting up to speed with his issues.
- She then examines him. When she needs to access his records from his other providers, she merely searches its contents, reads his records in a conventional browser, and instantly coordinates his care!
- When she completes the visit, she enters her notes in HER EMR system which then pushes a copy to the MedKaz Server for processing and distribution to her patient’s other care providers and others he wants to receive his records, such as his children or care givers.
This couldn’t be easier, more secure, more convenient or more affordable! It gives her instant access to his complete record from all his providers without any hassle! And patients don’t even need an expensive smartphone to use it (which is a good thing since more than 32 million seniors and low-income Americans — most of whom are heavy users of healthcare — don’t own one)!
Another giant plus: this solution also benefits everyone financially.
- When providers are able to reduce the number of claims and health insurance costs by using MedKaz, employers and insurers reap the bulk of the savings so it is in their self-interest to drive the adoption and use of MedKaz by patients and providers. They do so by paying a small fraction of their savings as financial incentives to patients and providers to use MedKaz.
- For providers, these incentives more than cover the cost of the standalone computers and tablets (they cost less than $1,000 per exam room). They also increase their profitability and reduce their financial stress and burnout.
- Patients receive financial incentives as well, plus they save deductibles and copays each time they avoid unnecessary visits, tests and procedures.
- The savings employers and insurers realize after paying these incentives, are reflected in their financial statements as lower health insurance costs and increased cash flow!
To learn more about MedKaz®, visit our website and read how easily, simply and inexpensively it solves a raft of problems your providers face every day that often result in unnecessary medical errors and costs, personnel shortages, burnout and serious financial losses.
To try MedKaz® with a cohort of your patients and providers, and see first-hand how it works and benefits everyone, please complete the Contact form on our website, email or call us. We’ll be delighted to help you customize a test program. You won’t be disappointed!