Features Of An Ideal Portable Digital Personal Health Record That You Can Create Yourself

Expert Author Catherine Collins
The emergency file should contain information such as the patient name, insurance company details, medical conditions, medications, allergies, emergency contacts, advance directives, and so on. If desired, patient can and should consult with their Primary care provider about exactly which types of information should be included in the file.
  • The patient creates the emergency file with the understanding that it will not be protected or secure. The application will immediately pull up and present to the viewer the emergency medical information. The file is not protected so as to allow ER personnel to rapidly access the important health data if a patient is unconscious.
Patient should be able to leave the information on their personal computer and refer to it and update it as needed.
  • Store health data on a USB drive itself. If the patient information is contained on the USB drive, the application will automatically save a backup copy on the individual's home computer in case the USB drive is lost or stolen, the patient will have their record in an emergency if needed and they will have it if they go to a new physician on a new USB drive.
  • The USB should be encrypted in order to safeguard the privacy and information of the patients. So that in case the USB is misplaced or stolen the data cannot be retrieved easily.
  • User friendly application program of the Portable Health Storage system without the need to install any specialized software program in the computer. The learning curve is decreased considerably by using Graphic User Interface Design.
  • The Software is able to work on both Mac and Windows and also Linux operating system, regardless of the processor speed of user computer.
  • Should have features to store in health fitness profile of an Individual over a period of time.
  • Audit trailing of health record data entry by individuals or health care professionals
  • Ability to synchronize the data between different computers across hospitals.
Various polls show that people, want technologies to be a part of their health care relationship with their physicians. As Personalized Health Records gain widespread usage, they could help not only in reduction of cost but also in saving more lives.
This article is for informational purpose only and is in no way intended to be a substitute for medical consultation with a qualified professional. The author encourages Internet users to be careful when using medical information. If you are unsure about your medical condition, consult a physician.


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