Few published studies, however, have quantified or described injuries to patients that occur prior to reaching the hospital. Med Records to GoTM can reduce the number of errors by providing instantaneous health information about the patient and that could end up saving lives.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2007
A recently released computer application called Med Records to Go™, that stores electronic medical records, can help reduce errors in emergency conditions, as well as in hospital or medical clinic admissions. Introduced by the Vital Record Corporation in November, 2006, Med Records to Go™ uses flash drive technology to record and store health information for emergency viewing by medical personnel. In addition, the portable application can transfer electronic medical records from the small storage unit to a standard cell phone for emergency reference.
“The Institute of Medicine published a report 'To Err Is Human, Building a Safer Health System' (IOM 2000) in which the institute estimated that up to 98,000 patients may die each year because of the mistakes of doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers,” says Roy Whittington, Director of Vital Record Corporation. “Few published studies, however, have quantified or described injuries to patients that occur prior to reaching the hospital. Med Records to GoTM can reduce the number of errors by providing instantaneous health information about the patient and that could end up saving lives.”
Med Records to Go™ provides direct access to a person’s health information, including such information as identification, medications, doctors, caregivers, insurance carriers, and family history. Other medical disclosure information is also provided, such as DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders, living and testamentary trusts and wills. For positive identification, a digital photograph of the owner may be recorded as part of the medical data.
When medical personnel plug the portable storage unit into a computer through a common USB port, the health information is automatically displayed using the computer’s installed Internet browser application. All health information is in web page format. Additionally, no Internet connection is required since all health information, application software, and controls are privately stored in the portable unit.
Emergency medical personnel have immediate access to the health information by browsing the various pages of medical data. No special application knowledge is required to view the data because a standard Internet browser is used. As an option, the health information can be stored on a cell phone and subsequently displayed using key selection available on the phone.
Because all software, controls, and electronic medical records are contained in the thumb-sized unit, the health information is kept private and secure and not vulnerable to access on the public Internet. For additional security, the medical data stored in the device is encrypted and cannot be read using any other application.
No external power is needed to maintain the contents of the storage unit. Since the unit is small, it can be carried, worn around the neck, or placed on a key chain.
An additional feature of Med Records to Go™ is the transmission of electronic medical records from the storage unit to a standard cell phone. A temporary Internet connection is required to send the medical data in encrypted form to the Vital Record Corporation server before placement on the cell phone. In addition to medical data encryption, user identification and password controls are used for storing and retrieving the medical data from the corporate server.
The application manager software of the cell phone is used to retrieve and install a special cell phone application available on the server. The special application is used to store and display the medical data on the cell phone. Once the medical data is successfully stored on the cell phone, the data is automatically removed from the server.
To use this added function, the cell phone must have Internet access capability to retrieve the medical data. The cell phone must also support Java applications known as Midlets.
For additional information, visit http://www.vitalRecord.net.
About Vital Record Corporation
Vital Record Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, California, is comprised of a small team of computer science experts. They provide application development, web site design and implementation services, including internet access services, to individuals and small businesses. The Vital Records team members are developers of the recent Med Records to Go™ application, a device that stores electronic medical records and other vital health information.
Roy Whittington, Director
Vital Record Corporation
13139 Roundup Ave.
San Diego, CA 92129
roy_whittington @ vitalrecord.net