Did you know that patients who use electronic health records, such as MyChart, have better healthcare outcomes? According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, patients who use MyChart were more likely to receive preventive care services and had better diabetes control compared to those who did not use it.
At Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, we understand the importance of using technology to improve healthcare delivery and patient experience. In this post, we’ll discuss how MyChart enhances your healthcare experience and empowers you to take control of your health. We’ll also provide tips on how to make the most out of MyChart to optimize your care.
What is MyChart?
MyChart is a secure, online portal that allows you to access your health records, communicate with your healthcare providers, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, and much more. It’s available 24/7 and can be accessed from any device with internet access.
How MyChart Enhances Your Healthcare Experience
1. Convenient Access to Your Health Records
Gone are the days when you had to wait for your healthcare provider to mail you a copy of your medical records. With MyChart, you can access your health records anytime, anywhere. This includes visit summaries, test results, immunizations, allergies, medications, and more. By having access to your health records, you can make informed decisions about your care and be more engaged in the process.
2. Improved Communication with Your Healthcare Providers
MyChart allows you to securely message your healthcare providers and receive timely responses. This is especially helpful if you have a question or concern that doesn’t require an in-person visit. You can also receive appointment reminders, test results, and other important notifications via MyChart. By improving communication with your healthcare providers, you can ensure that you’re on the same page regarding your care plan and avoid any miscommunications or misunderstandings.
3. Better Coordination of Care
If you have multiple healthcare providers, it can be challenging to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding your care. MyChart allows for better coordination of care by providing a central location for all of your health records and communications. This can help to avoid duplicate tests or procedures and ensure that everyone is aware of your medical history and current care plan.
4. Empowerment to Take Control of Your Health
By having access to your health records and improved communication with your healthcare providers, MyChart empowers you to take control of your health. You can track your progress, set goals, and make informed decisions about your care. This can lead to improved health outcomes and a better overall healthcare experience.
How to Make the Most Out of MyChart
1. Set Up Your Account
The first step to using MyChart is to set up your account. You can do this by visiting the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center website and clicking on the “MyChart” link. Follow the prompts to create your account and link it to your medical records. You’ll need your medical record number, date of birth, and a valid email address to get started.
2. Explore the Features
Once you’ve set up your account, take some time to explore the features of MyChart. This includes accessing your health records, messaging your healthcare providers, scheduling appointments, and requesting prescription refills. You can also set up notifications and alerts to stay on top of your care.
3. Keep Your Information Up-to-Date
It’s important to keep your information up-to-date in MyChart to ensure that your healthcare providers have the most accurate information about you. This includes your contact information, medical history, and medications. You can update this information in MyChart at any time.
4. Use MyChart as a Resource
MyChart is a valuable resource for your healthcare needs. Use it to access educational resources, such as information about your conditions and treatments. You can also use it to track your progress and set goals for your health.
MyChart is a powerful tool that can enhance your healthcare experience and empower you to take control of your health. By using MyChart, you can access your health records, communicate with your healthcare providers, and coordinate your care. To make the most out of MyChart, set up your account, explore the features, keep your information up-to-date, and use it as a resource. Together, we can work towards improving healthcare outcomes and providing a better patient experience.