We’re trying to save trees and go completely paperless by putting as much information as we can on the Mac. For some things it’s easy. For others, not so much.
Financial records are easily stored digitally in various apps and kept online. Medical records is a different issue, but that’s what we’re tackling now (before a new year of new resolutions gets here).
Jeffrey and I are trying out the My Medical app for the Mac. It’s a record keeping database which focuses on medical information for every member of the family.
Each member can record detailed medical information, office visits, test results, and anything else related to health. My Medical is simple to use but does require some leg work to gather medical records
It’s easy enough to input data, but what about labwork, x-rays, or other medical documents which are not easily typed into My Medical?
Extra files can be attached to a record in the app, including scans or photos of insurance cards, medication, or any medical directive.
My Medical also works with Calendar on your Mac to schedule doctor visits, medication, lab tests, or prescription refills.
The app comes with common test result templates for basic medical data (from blood pressure to cholesterol to blood sugar and much more).
Industry standard CCR Continuity of Care Record is supported so if medical records are available elsewhere much of it can be moved into My Medical.
My Medical doesn’t store you data online, either. It’s all on your Mac so make sure to have a good backup.
So far, it’s been almost a pleasure putting in medical records and information, but it does require some initial effort, if anything, just to track down information, or to get the family doctor to part with some of their records.
There’s an option to install a trial version first, which I highly recommend. We’ve had no trouble running My Medical but some Mac App Store users complained of stability issues.