UNIVAL Partners With MalaysiaHealthcare to Create Portable Records for Medical Tourism Patients

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UNIVAL will convert U.S. patients’ medical records to a portable format that they can easily carry when traveling to receive medical care in Malaysia.

As more and more people travel across the globe, digitizing medical information and taking ownership of their health records are becoming increasingly relevant, said Suresh Ponnudurai, CEO of Malaysia Healthcare.

UNIVAL announced today that it has signed a contract with MalaysiaHealthcare (MHC), the leading facilitator of medical tourism to Malaysia, to create portable medical records for U.S. patients traveling to receive healthcare in Malaysia.

The number of U.S. persons traveling abroad for their healthcare is growing significantly. Some estimates are as high as 6 million U.S. persons will be participating in medical tourism in 2010. Many patients will be looking to Malaysia for their healthcare needs, where the medical practices are on par with the best in the world and treatments performed in state of the art facilities that have been furnished to meet international standards. After treatment, MHC offers the opportunity to recuperate in their beautiful country through personalized vacation packages.

When traveling outside the U.S. for healthcare, patients face the challenge of conveniently and securely transporting their medical records to their overseas medical providers. The services UNIVAL will provide for persons in the U.S. traveling to Malaysia solve this problem.

Prior to leaving for Malaysia, individuals forward their medical records to UNIVAL where expert nurses quickly and accurately convert them to an electronic format. Images of all their records are made as well as converting the information in their records to a Continuity of Care Record (CCR) that can be easily carried to Malaysia for use during their treatment. The converted records are also sent to the individuals’ Microsoft® HealthVault™ personal health record.

After their treatment in Malaysia, patients send discharge summaries and other information from the Malaysian treatment centers back to UNIVAL and that data is sent to update their HealthVault personal health record. Individuals can then share this information with their treating physicians in the U.S.

"We are excited to be able to provide this service to MHC patients, and we’re excited to give more patients access to take full advantage of Microsoft HealthVault,” said Michael Gallagher, President of UNIVAL. “Creating a portable medical record that patients can easily take to and from their overseas appointments will make healthcare in Malaysia more accessible to U.S. citizens"

"As more and more people travel across the globe, digitizing medical information and taking ownership of their health records are becoming increasingly relevant, said Suresh Ponnudurai, CEO of Malaysia Healthcare. “With the widespread acceptance of portable devices for transporting electronic medical records, medical tourism to Malaysia facilitates maintaining the quality of care and, at the same time, lowering the cost. Our partnership with UNIVAL, and their integration with the HealthVault system, provides U.S. persons with an outstanding approach to maintaining the continuity of their medical records while visiting Malaysia for their healthcare.

About MalaysiaHealthcare

MHC (malaysiahealthcare.com) is a global facilitator for health and medical tourism to Malaysia and many other parts of the world. It provides individuals a one-stop destination for all their medical and tourism needs by bringing together all the related service providers on a single platform. MHC is a complete channel to network the hospitals and other medical and dental providers required for high quality medical care, and to facilitate and manage all aspects of after-care tourism throughout their beautiful country. MHC was officially launched by the Malaysian Minister of Tourism in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in May 2006. MHC is owned by Tropical Flow Sdn. Bhd. and is located in Kuala Lumpur.

About UNIVAL

UNIVAL has provided services to the healthcare industry for over twenty years. Today it delivers a variety of integrated services on a national scale to some of the nation’s largest organizations: healthcare insurance companies, disability insurance companies, medical providers, employers and healthcare consumers. UNIVAL delivers its services independently and in partnership with some of the world’s most prominent and respected companies, including Microsoft and Google Health. For further information, call (800) 332-4463 or visit unival-med.com.

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