Fort Washington, PA (PRWEB) December 2, 2009
Perhaps the best medical advice to give consumers is to read their own medical records. With the advent of Person Health Records (PHR), keeping control of personal medical records is easier than ever. MyEMRChoice.com, a Fort Washington, PA based healthcare technology company has added services that will populate existing consumer PHR devices with medical data from different Electronic Medical Record systems (EMR).
As is the case in most instances, the law requires physicians to provide their patients with copies of their medical records. However, most consumers have never even bothered to ask for copies of their health records. Having access and understanding personal medical files not only gives specific information about their conditions, but offers more insight about the patients doctor. Patients reading their own medical records are often surprised to discover details their doctors neglected to share, or omissions that should be included within your medical profile.
Personal Health Records are widely available online or on a computerized Electronic Medical Record. The latest devices provide consumers the ability to carry their PHR in their pocket (on a flash drive) or other convenient devices like a data storage card the same dimensions as a credit card. Each device can contain current medical information such as medications, conditions and images.
The benefits can be enormous for patients, physicians and medical technology companies. Having ready access to medical conditions, registering and sharing medical information with physicians and avoiding piles of paperwork are just a few of the advantages. These benefits also are in line with coming changes related to healthcare information technology requirements, or "meaningful use".
"Soon, patients will ask their doctors if they offer Electronic Medical Records enabled with PHR," says Doug Wallace, founder of myEMRChoice.com. "If a medical practice does not offer patient the convenience of PHR, patients may go elsewhere."
Some hurdles to widespread PHR demand exist, such as keeping the PHR information current, data security, and legality of the medical documentation. However, the adoption of health Information technology and Personal Health Records may contribute to combating rising healthcare costs and provide quality improvement measures for improved patient care.
Based in Fort Washington, PA, MyEMRchoice.com connects patients and physicians to healthcare technology solutions and assists healthcare providers in fulfilling their vision for outstanding patient care. To learn more about how MyEMRchoice.com can assist your practice, visit http://www.MyEMRchoice.com.