So this is something that’s been mysterious and concerning to me for a long time and I’ve never understood it. None of the people I know who are medical providers understand it… but I’d like to.
I went to a new doctor today. Had never been seen in this entire hospital system before… didn’t fill out a history form that detailed my rx history. Only gave the receptionist my insurance info, drivers license, and ss number.
By the time I was seated in the room the MA had my entire rx history listed on the computer… even asking me about my rx for lancets from 5 years ago! I asked her how she knew all that… she said “it just comes up as outside meds on the computer”
How is this possible? Where is this information held and available to anyone who types in your name?
And if your entire history is so readily available to any medical provider—- why on earth do states have to set up their own network to monitor opioid prescription and make sure they’re not being repetitively prescribed (that’s not the issue here—- I’ve never taken opioids in my life)… but if it’s all there at the click of a button what’s the story?
None of my family members who are medical prescribers can answer this… which further makes it confusing??