Why We Need Better Access To Our Pet's Medical Records

Posted by Mark Olcott, DVM on Sep 28, 2014 4:35:00 PM


When I was an emergency veterinarian, I would see 2-3 patients every shift who had medical records that I needed but couldn't get.  And I'm not talking about vaccine dates or prescription refills....I mean relevant, potentially life-saving information like X-Rays, labwork results, drug doses, or even something as simple as physical exam findings.  Some of this is due to the nature of emergency medicine: we're here when your veterinarian is closed.  But try telling that to a pet owner who just spent $500 on a workup not 6 hours ago that now has to be repeated, all because those records are not available.      

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Topics: Innovative Technology For Vets, Pet Health