Columbia, MD (PRWEB) January 31, 2007
Health-By-Design.net announces its new medical record keeping tool that is available on a USB ink pen or flash drive small enough to fit in a wallet (http://health-by-design.net/medjournal.htm). My Medical Journal, an easy-to-use medical record keeping guide explains how to communicate more effectively with doctors and prepare for upcoming visits to get the most out of each visit without walking away with an outrageous bill. However, the main emphasis is on how to develop and maintain a personal copy of vital health records (including preventive medicine records). It also teaches how to chart a person's family medical history and provides fill-in charts to keep up with blood pressure, blood sugar, cigarette smoking, and exercise. This guide is available in a pre-programmed ink pen USB, flash drive, 3-ring binder, CD, or floppy disk.
"Patients can fill-in the charts and obtain photocopies of important documents to place in the 3-ring binder. Or they can scan copies of their EKGs, x-ray reports, and lab results into their computer and then save these documents on their flash drive or floppy disk. However, in order to save documents on the CD version, they must have a CD writer on their computer," says Dr. Hester, author of My Medical Journal.
Dr. Hester goes on to say, "Having ready access to vital health information can not only be life-saving, it can save a tremendous amount of money and minimize unnecessary testing as well. For instance, if a person goes to the emergency room with chest pain and has a copy of a prior EKG in hand, the ER physician can compare the old EKG to the current one, which can help him make the right diagnosis with fewer tests and less risk and expense to the patient."
In real-life, the ER physician usually has nothing to go by other than the patient's symptoms and the results of tests done in the emergency room. He must therefore make a judgment call based on the information at hand. More likely than not, he will err on the side of caution if he has any remote suspicion that the patient's chest pain may be heart related. In other words, the patient will likely be admitted to the hospital and undergo a battery of tests to rule out heart disease, even if he really only has something as innocent as heartburn as the cause of his symptoms.
This is but one of the many different scenarios that happen frequently each day in America. Oftentimes, the only difference between gentle reassurance and a safe discharge from the emergency room and an expensive, sometimes potentially dangerous hospital stay is simply a matter of what information the ER physician has at his disposal when he makes his assessment. With an estimated 1.5 million medication errors that injure patients each year, an unnecessary hospitalization can mean much more than wasted time and money. The creation of My Medical Journal, especially in its highly portable forms, allows everyone to have vital health records available at all times to expedite and optimize medical care.
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