The Ask Three initiative encourages patients to communicate clearly with their on base physicians.
Lt. Col. Kimberly Johnson, who is the Chief of Medical Staff at Dyess, explains that "Life is very complex and people are being treated for multiple medical problems on multiple different medications by multiple providers." She explains that it is crucial to keep your primary care physician, as well as specialists on the same page to prevent medical errors.
According to one Dyess dependent who has been referred off base for care, it can be a little difficult to keep the on base physicians on the same page as specialists she has seen off base. McCall Elgin explains, "Because your on base doctor can change often because sometimes they get deployed or they will get transferred to a different base, so sometimes I loose track of who my doctor on base may currently be."
While Elgin says that while it can be tricky to keep all of the doctors informed, she agrees that it's the only way to get the best treatment and that it is comforting to know improvements are being made.
With clearer communication between physician and patient, there is no doubt that the airmen and their families will benefit, which is what Lt. Col. Johnson strives for.