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PCP records are with our PCP; Cardiology records at cardiologists; Gastroenterologist record with him; Xray and other records with the radiology group. It is very difficult for everyone getting a full picture as things change, every time a new request is ordered by someone. This could lead to duplication as well as wrong prescription, etc.

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Specialists usually send reports to the PCP. I have access to mom's primary and some specialists done in the following way:
1. Mom gave me permission to visit at each office visit.
2. I also have legal guardianship which got established later.
3. Ask the doctor if she can be set up on their online portal if the doctor has electronic charting. Many offices are set up this way which also establishes communication with hospitals and other services like labs.
You set up a password and once in, and your doctor releases info into the record, you have permanent access.
You can do this with your own doctor. If you are travelling and you remember your password, you have access anywhere.
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That is why you need to be up on parents medical background. I made a list of Moms meds, her allergies and sensitivities, likes and dislikes,her surgeries and when performed, list of her doctors specialties and contact numbers. I also put stars next to the ones with privileges in our local hospital. Did it help, sometimes. I gave this list to every doctor and facility she went to. I went to visit in the hospital one day and they were sceduling a neurological consult. I asked with whom, it wasn't Moms doctor who had privileges. I told the nurse I gave a copy of her doctors for a reason. Why would they call in a doctor who knew nothing about her when her doctor was on staff.

Everytime she sees a new doctor they will ask what medications she is on. If you feel there is something the doctor needs to know write it down so u remember to tell him.

The thing I don't like about the Medical field is when ur in the hospital their Drs. take over. I can never get them to even consult with Moms doctors. I got told, see her PCP when she gets home. I was able to keep them from giving her a test for her kidneys to see if she could tolerate a dye. I told the NP that Mom had one kidney that worked half capacity so no dye. And, the operation was done at that hospital. You need to be your LOs advocate.
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My dads cardiologist was his main dr. So I had everything sent to him. He coordinated all of the meds with his nephrologist, it was super easy this way.

I asked all of his doctors who should be regulating and monitoring his meds, they all said the one that is most critical to his health, cardiologists in his case.

Ask the doctors, not their staff.
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I don't know if this would work for you but what I do is always request that a copy of the records from specialists be sent to my primary care physician so at least one doctor has the full view. For my mother and husband, I keep notes of each doctor's visit in a small notebook.
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