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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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I've never recorded a conversation with my current doctor. However, communication is one of her failings. She doesn't listen when I address certain issues; her responses are complete non sequitors. So I know she's not hearing me. Recording – and playing back FOR HER – might make her aware that she's offering to prescribe antidepressants when I'm talking about something completely unrelated.

 

Or maybe I should look for another healthcare provider and call it a day with her.

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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@AshokTony - Many medical discussions take place in an examination room, while a patient may be semi-dressed, and I sure wouldn't want to be recorded on video that way!


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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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It is a very good idea for both, the doctor and the patient.  In fact, thru a proper process, not just audio but video should be done during each visit that could be useful to both in the long run.  It also would be extremely critical in case there are any serius problems, medical issues, change of doctor or a lawsuite just in case.  With a modern technology this could be very easily accomplished and extremely useful for the patient as well to the doctor for keeping health record up to date for an easy reference any thime.     

 

However, it is equally important to keep the patient's privacy secured and without his/her consent this video record must not be released or made available to anyone.  Similarly, this process must also protect any and all issues related to the medical profession.  Most importantl, this vidoe record is meant to help everyone and not intended to harm anyone.  

 

Many thanks AARP for giving me an opportunity for my feedback.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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I find it much more helpful to have a good pen and note pad with me and to take good notes on the statements he makes, my questions, and his answers.  (This goes for my women doctors, too!)  I ask them how to spell medical terms, too, so I can look them up at home and read more about them.  When I am foggy headed or in lots of pain, I always have someone with me who can take notes for me!  I have no patience with a doctor or technician who is not clear about what is going on.

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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As long as you have the guarantee that the privacy and security of the HIPAA laws will be followed and the consent of both the doctor and patient, I wouldn’t have any problems with it.

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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My neuro surgeon here in Phoenix asked if I would alow him to record my visit with him. It is a video as well as sound & can be reviewed only by me or whoever I pass on the sign in information to.

 

It is a very good idea, I can look back at it later when I'm more relaxed at home. As we get older we tend to forget things & with this video recording & can go over the visit with my Dr. &I have found a couple of things I had forgotten were said as well as other questions to ask the next time I saw the Dr. It can also help the patient/family members to know what the Dr. really said or didn't say.

 

It is totally voluntary, free to the patient, protected by HIPPA law & only able to be seen by the patient - the Dr. does not have access. Talk to your Drs. & see if they canapply for this program or a similar one. This is the web address - www.themedicalmemory.com/ I hope this is helpful.

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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It definitely would be a help because the next visit the doctor could, and in my case did, contradict himself. Since I live in one of the states that both parties have to know about the recording, I seriously doubt any doctor would let me record our visit.

So what I do, is write down everything I can remember from the visit as soon as I return home.

 

I ditched the "doctor" that changed his story. Sadly the damage to me was already done.

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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nyadrn wrote:


I like the idea that the audio record would go to my online healthcare account just like my test results.

 


Two of my doctors post transcriptions of the visits on their portals .. both of them are women; wonder if that means they're better communicators!


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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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ASTRAEA wrote:

It sounds logical, but some doctors might not allow it, or even say that it violates HIPPA regulations. With more modern offices, the doctor will issue a summary of the visit, either within a few days or sooner. When I saw a specialist in July, by the time I got to the desk where they printed her 2 scripts for tests, they also gave me a 2-page printout summarizing what we'd discussed.

 

I found this interesting write-up just with a quick Google search: "Patient Recording of Medical Office Visit"


 

From the article:

But in most states, the editorial points out, they could have one. Under wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, 11 states require that all parties consent.

In those states (California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington), you’d need the physician’s O.K. to hit “record.”

But in 39 states and the District of Columbia, the law requires just one party’s consent. Nor does the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal law protecting health information privacy, forbid recording by patients, who are not “covered entities.”

 

I like the idea that the audio record would go to my online healthcare account just like my test results.

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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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The Appointment Ends. Now the Patient Is Listening.

 

The next time you see your cardiologist or internist, what would happen if you took out your smartphone or a digital recorder and said you’d like to record your appointment?

The doctor might be startled, might bridle, might have visions of a supposedly confidential discussion showing up on YouTube — or in a malpractice lawyer’s files.

Or the doctor might think more like Dr. James Ryan, a family practitioner in Ludington, Mich.

With his patients’ approval, Dr. Ryan routinely records appointments, then uploads the audio to a secure web platform so that patients can listen whenever they need to recall what they discussed with him. They can give family members access to the recordings as well.

Sheri Piper, who has seen Dr. Ryan almost monthly for a host of medical problems — gouthigh blood pressurehypothyroidism, anxiety and depression — has come to rely on this system.

“As aging continues, it’s harder to not be overwhelmed by what you hear in a doctor’s office,” said Ms. Piper, 63, a retired administrative assistant.

An extended round of hospitalizations and operations in 2013 affected her memory, she said, so “you can tell me something today and I won’t remember tomorrow.”

Thus, last month, straining to recall what Dr. Ryan had said about how often to take allopurinol for gout, she turned to the recording (annotated so that patients can easily locate specific topics of conversation) for clarification.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/health/recording-your-doctors-appointment.html?rref=collection%2F...lth&module=Collection&region=Marginalia&src=me&version=column&pgtype=article

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