Central Missouri Cardiology begins to offer patients portable electronic health records

Central Missouri Cardiology announced it will begin providing patients a new technology that allows them to carry their medical records with them at all times in their pocket, wallet or purse.

The technology, GEMMS MyRECORD (TM), is a credit card-sized compact disc that contains a patient’s current medical information and history pulled directly from their cardiologist’s medical record. The practice is the first medical group in Missouri to offer this portable medical record technology to patients.

Medical errors are a leading cause of death. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that emergency room visits have hit a record high of nearly 114 million visits per year. Providing patients with access to their medical record at point of care will save lives and produce better outcomes. Policy makers from both political parties are pushing for health care reforms.

MyRECORD can be inserted into any computer and read by any web browser, anywhere in the world.

Healthcare providers can immediately see a patient’s medical history, active medications, current diagnosis and treatments, as well as review the patient’s most recent test results from the disc’s medical record information; thus supporting better and faster diagnoses and treatment decisions.

“Central Missouri Cardiology is pleased to break new ground in the community by offering our patients exclusive access to this technology,” said Dr. Randall Meyer.

The product’s cost is far less than traditional medical identification bracelets and the technology offers faster, more robust physician endorsed information at the point of care. Patients who request a portable health record will be charged $10.

Article here: http://newstribune.com/articles/2006/11/14/business/047bus10.txt 


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