One challenge Jack encountered was that Bill was seeking care from multiple health systems; his medical records were not easily accessible in one place. Jack is considering the use of a tool called Backpack Health.
Backpack Health is a mobile and web tool that makes it easy for individuals to manage, own and share health information for themselves and their families.
App users can link their Backpack Health profiles to patient portals, making it easier to keep track of both clinical and personal health data.
The (Possibly) Forthcoming Elder-Care Revolution is a sobering article about the politics of long-term caregiving. An excerpt:
“Levitsky found that the lack of public outcry for long-term care didn’t reflect an absence of need. Instead, it was driven by a widely held belief that caregiving is a family responsibility, tied up with what it means to be a good son or daughter. And because it’s so time-intensive and takes place in the home, caregiving is often extremely isolating, making it hard to see it as a systemic issue.”
Read the full article, here.