MyChart is an online tool that gives patients access to their personal medical records anywhere, any time. But does having your health information at your fingertips actually improve health?
The answer, according to two cancer survivors, is yes. Read how MyChart became a useful tool along their health journey.
Earl Shellner enlisted the help of MyChart as soon as he began his battle with colorectal cancer. Radiation sickness caused him to lose his appetite, as he received treatment for the infection in his stomach. Even though he could not control how fast the cancer was spreading to his organs, MyChart gave him control over his plan of care as he received chemotherapy. “I was able to manage all of my records and procedures through the app on my phone,” Earl says. For Earl, staying informed and on top of his appointments was a valuable feature that stood out to him.
“It is a convenient tool to use, whether young or elderly. It makes everything easier for you, especially if you’re sick or hospitalized,” says Earl.
MyChart also became a significant resource for Eddie Vasquez, a retired Washington, DC police detective.
Eddie began using the online tool when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006. The cancer progressed and attacked his immune system.
His care team had to monitor many details of his treatment. MyChart helped Eddie and his family stay informed as he went through several chemotherapy treatments, managed multiple prescriptions and attended many doctor appointments.
“MyChart is a private Wikipedia that is personally focused on you,” says Eddie.
MyChart not only helps people with chronic conditions. It can also help you maintain wellness. No matter your health status, MyChart helps you:
- Schedule appointments
- Request prescription refills
- Send messages to your physician
- Manage family records
- Download your medical history
- View lab results
A journey to good health can mean many things for different people. MyChart is one tool that can help you along the way.