WEIRTON - Local resident Mary Ann Tassey has released a book, "Medical Records Journal," published by Dorrance Publishing Co. of Pittsburgh.
The book assists people in keeping a complete, organized and accurate medical record. The journal can be taken to the doctor's office, and readers are encouraged to discuss with their doctors what testing and screenings are needed and how often, said Tassey.
"The purpose of my journal is to help detect disease and illness early and to encourage and maintain better health awareness behaviors by keeping better ongoing medical records of doctors visits, medications, referrals, tests and preventive screenings," said Tassey, noting that the book allows people to keep all their records in one place and is convenient for those who aren't computer literate. "it's all about saving lives and money."
AUTHOR — Mary Ann Tassey flips through a copy of her book, “Medical Records Journal,” at her Weirton home. Tassey said the book was inspired by a desire to improve health literacy and provide an all-inclusive place to keep track of medicines, doctor visits and tests. -- Contributed
"Medical Records Journal" allows readers to record the dates and results of tests and keep track of scheduled screenings and check-ups, medications and treatments. The book includes several forms in sections covering a variety of specialists from pediatricians to cardiologists. It also has tips on maintaining good health and minimizing the risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes, according to Tassey.
"The more aggressive you are in getting your screenings done as scheduled and recommended by your doctor, in addition to your regular checkups, the sooner you will be able to detect disease and illness in their beginning stages," stated Tassey.
Tassey added she hoped to improve health literacy, noting her journal allows readers to record their medications and symptoms. It also has space for information regularly requested on medical forms.
"Electronic medical records are available, but are vulnerable," she said.
She is the mother of seven children, including Michelle Craig, Rachelle Sidone, Richard Hvizdak, Mark Hvizdak, Jacquelynne Daigle, Robert Hvizdak and Cynthia Rooney.
Tassey's hobbies include playing the violin, reading and collecting coins and antiques. She is a former member of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.
"Medical Records Journal" is a 78-page paperback and costs $11.
For information or to purchase a copy, visit medicalrecordsjournal. com or call (800) 788-7654.