I spent last week at Mom’s. Again. She had been in the hospital the week before, and was still pretty sick. We had lots of doctor appointments, as well as an urgent care appointment and lots of diagnostic tests. I felt like a juggler. How do I keep track of everything?
Over the years, I’ve tried several methods to keep records of what happens at each appointment. Most of those have been paper based. But with the number of appointments Mom has (and Hubby and I for that matter), the binders became too heavy to carry and too unwieldy to manage. Recently I’ve gone electronic.
Evernote is my Foundation
I use Evernote on my iPad to manage all medical files. Evernote is a free application that syncs to my computer, my phone, and my iPad. It allows me to create unlimited notebooks and unlimited notes within each notebook. So I have a notebook called “Health & Medical: Mom” and another called “Health & Medical: Hubby.” Within each notebook, I create a note for each physician, with a running commentary on all that is done during each appointment. Prior to the appointment, I can make a list of questions I want to remember to ask. While in the appointment, I make notes on vitals, discussions, orders, and treatments. It’s easy to pull up info from other doctors to compare or provide information.
Scan Diagnostic Reports
For lab and x-ray reports, I also create Evernote files—one for each report. I can move them into Evernote by scanning them and then emailing them to Evernote, (easy using a document scanner) or I can use the Evernote web clipper to copy the file to Evernote. Since Evernote sorts alphabetically, I label each file Lab-<Name of study> <date> or X-ray-<Name of study> <date>. That makes it easy to sequence repeated studies.
Using Evernote on my iPad, I have everything at my fingertips, without carrying an anvil. What do you use to keep track of your parents’ medical appointments? Or your own? (I use the same system for my own appointments).