More and more health care providers are offering patients access to their electronic records. These records include immunizations, prescribed medications and instructions, lab results, and appointment reminders. A recent study shows that less than one-third of adults aged 65 and older use the Internet to manage their health information.
The research indicates that this problem is not related to cognitive decline in the elderly. The best indicator of whether a person will access their health information online is their accessibility and skill level with Internet usage.
How can you make sure you or your loved one is not left behind? First, talk to your health care provider to see if they have a system set up for their patients to access online health information. If so, have someone train you on how to access your information. Your health care provider should be able to guide you through the process. You can also ask a trusted family member or friend to help. With some practice, you should be able to fully participate in these new innovations.