Medical ID Cards

Posted by Admin on February 14, 2007
There is a new medical IDcard produced by an independent company that many doctors are saying is exactly what the medical system needs to reduce medical errors and increase efficiency. For patients, it could be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency.

It doesn’t exactly have a catchy name, but it is functional, and descriptive: My Very Necessary Medical ID card is a portal to an online storage of all your pertinent medical information and records, allowing you and doctors to retrieve them anywhere, anytime, immediately.

Now, if you go to more than one doctor, if you have been to more than one hospital, your medical records are either all over the place. Or you do have them, but on hard, paper copy. And charts like aren’t easy to carry around. That’s why this new id card is a concept the system has been crying for. Nancy Davis, President of My Very Necessary Medical I.D. Card, says, “You can put as much or as little of your medical record that you want on this site and you can always go back and find it.”

This card has on its face the key info: medical conditions, blood type, emergency contact info, and allergies. “Those things can cause a horrible reaction. I’m allergic to penicillin and if I have penicillin, I could die,” says Ms. Davis. By using the ID code--in the event of an emergency--doctors can access all the medical records on line on the website “Even the most sophisticated MRI can all be emailed now to people, so it’s really nice to have all that information on hand,” states Ms. Davis.

It can also be used for routine office visits, helping to manage the medicines. “They are asking you which medicines you are taking and you get confused. Am I taking Xanax or Zantax? Is it 50 or 500 mg? What year did I have my appendix removed,” says Ms. Davis, giving an example. All that is answered with the website.

“I think it would be great asset especially if we had a patient who didn’t remember their medical information or they were unable to speak because of a medical condition,” states Dr. Brian Blaufeux, Assistant Director of the Emergency Room, Long Island College Hospital. Which means sometimes doctors have to guess--where they could have known the facts about a patient.

“This leads to medical errors, it leads to a great deal of over testing when patients have had tests we don’t need to repeat, and very importantly if we do need to repeat tests, it allows us to compare new findings to prior studies greatly increasing our ability to make the right diagnosis and the right treatment,” comments Dr. Asher Kornbluth, a gastroenterologist at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. And doctors believes it will, without question, reduce medical errors and save lives.

“In an emergency situation, every second counts, every minute counts, it would save us a lot of time trying to find this information,” states Dr. Blaufeux. Here’s the one big downside: potentially, someone could breach the system and access your private medical records. But the company says, that is highly unlikely to happen. One of the doctors said, that one negative is far outweighed by the positives.

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