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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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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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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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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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Re: Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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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"


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Should you record your conversations with your doctor?

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Do you think it is a good idea?  I know if I wasn't present with my mother at her doctor's appointment I would want to record it to be sure she understood.  There have been times she heard things very differently than were communicated.

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