During her cancer treatment, Doris Taylor made sure to record medical appointments on a hanging calendar in her house. The problem: She never read it.
Since then, Taylor discovered the convenience of managing her healthcare online. With so many doctor, lab and procedure appointments, it was hard for her to keep everything organized. Taylor uses Kaiser Permanente's Health Connect to track appointments and prescriptions. She said this new access makes her relationships with doctors more comfortable.
Following society's growing need for instant results, more healthcare providers are starting to offer online access to their patientsand the number of enrollees continues to climb. Patient and physician access to medical histories via computer provides safer and better quality care than paper files, experts say.
Kaiser Permanente and other regional health networks that have provided online systems are rolling out more user-friendly and secure Web sites.
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