Why would a patient need access to their own records?
Individuals and families require access to their personal medical records for any number of reasons. Some of these reasons include:
Whether it is domestic or international trips, travelers are always wise to have access to their personal and family medical files. It is an extremely rare case when an individual either carries their medical files or remembers the vital information. Even if they have it written down in the wallets or purses the information may be old or incomplete. Also, there is a question that if an accident does occur, is the individual conscience and coherent enough to be able to provide the medical professional with the right and complete information that is critically needed in an emergency.
In the case of international travel, it is a recognized fact that the majority of the medical treatment is not on the same par as the medical standards in the United States. This brings into question the accuracy of the tests that are run in any international facility. When the simple answer is to be able to provide access to the travel’s personal and critical medical information that they know is accurate.
In a family with school age children, how often is there a requirement for vital and critical information that needs to be supplied to the school. The parent, in these cases, are required to obtain from the doctor’s office the child’s medical records pertaining to the required medical information (i.e. shots, etc) and the hassle and costs that this entails.
When on the MEDISCRIBE© System the family member that is legally recognized as the responsible party for that individual, need only have access to a computer and a printer and access the child’s medical records and print off the necessary information. This is an inexpensive and convenient way to be able to obtain the child’s records. In addition, this saves time and money if the child is transferred to another school as the parent or legal guardian does not have to attempt to obtain the information and records from the former school – they need only access the information from home.
3) Businesses and Insurance companies
In almost all cases, Insurance Companies require copies of the individual’s medical records to issue life and health policies. They obtain these records by a signature from you so that they can request the information from your doctor’s office.
In the cases of a lot of businesses, they not only require a physical, they require certain past medical information. They obtain this information by a signature from you so that your doctor’s office will release this information directly to them.
In either case, they have complete access to your entire medical history. With the MEDISCRIBE© System they will have the ability to get the information, of course with your permission, but the information will be limited to the information that they require and not your entire record.
Emergencies are never a planned event and it very rare cases are the individuals prepared with their medical information. For instance, in a auto accident, the patient (if conscience) usually is not in a position to tell an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) any information regarding them or the medical information of anyone else that is involved such as children or other family members. If a person suffers an emergency at home, such as a slip and fall, or a heart attack, or a poisoning, it is also rare to find that they, or anyone else present, would have the critical and vital personal medical knowledge to provide to the EMT.
In an Emergency Room (ER), one of the primary and critical pieces of information that is required to treat an individual is their medical records. It is also a very rare case that the individual either has the medical information on them or (if conscience) is able to provide the information to the ER medical staff.
With the MEDISCRIBE© System the information is immediately available.
5) Outpatient Clinics and Critical Care facilities
There is growing trend to use outpatient clinics for a number of different procedures, such as elective surgery or weight control. Any time that these outpatient clinics are used they must have copies of the individual’s medical records. To get these records they must first have your signature on a release and then request from your doctor’s office the records. This is a time consuming and can be costly to the individual and their insurance.
In the case of critical care facilities, there is a growing trend to use these types of facilities when the care is not of the emergency nature that is a life or limb. This is a step in between the emergency room and the doctor’s office. However, they require the same information about the patient that the doctor’s office or the emergency room requires and only in a very few and rare cases is the patient prepared, or can, provide the medical staff with this information. The critical care facilities will need to contact the individual’s primary care doctor and try to obtain the necessary vital information (of which the office might be closed).
With MEDISCRIBE© the access is easy, even if the facility is not a subscriber, the critical and vital information can be accessed immediately by the patient through the IPI Card that the individual carries.