Meet James Downey
Name: James "Jim" DowneyAge: 76Residence: Boyce, La.Occupation: Retired state employee, author and U.S. Air Force veteran
What makes me an engaged patient:I keep track of my own records to ensure all of my health information is in one place. I do my best to manage my own health. I use patient portals, and I have a document that I carry around in my billfold to each of my doctor's appointments.
Health IT is helpful because:I have multiple physicians that require me to fill out many forms.
My health IT wish would be:I would like for every physician to have access to the same information about their patients so that when one doctor makes a change to the patients' data, the others would be able to see those changes at their facilities. I would like to see the technological barriers removed that might keep my information from being transmitted electronically to the other members of my care team.
I encourage people to learn as much about their health as possible because:Sooner or later, the physician is going to need to know your history.
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