Tracking your health history can feel overwhelming. Particularly for those managing complicated conditions or a number of different conditions, keeping records of all your doctor’s appointments, conversations, tests, lab results, and other procedures might feel like a significant amount of work. But the advantages of keeping such a record of your health history far outweigh the work involved.
The American health care system isn’t necessarily coordinated between different pharmacies and doctors’ offices or various health care networks and providers. Having a centralized repository of all of your health care information can go a long way toward lowering your stress about operating within the health care system, and it can help your providers give you better care than you may otherwise receive. The same can be said for anyone in your family—particularly with children and older adults, who may not be able to keep track of their own medical histories.
Guava Health compiled a list of 10 benefits of tracking your medical history, drawing from public health sources and the recommendations of doctors and patient advocates. Keep reading to understand why you may want to start tracking your medical history and just how much it can benefit you and everyone in your family.