Imagine when you are travelling and you are on number of medications, you fall sick and you are admitted to an emergency care center. Your emergency physician will not know your medical history as you are unconscious or be able to communicate. You will not be in a position to retrieve your previous medical information from your primary health care provider. It is also technically not feasible to retrieve the information through fax or even email. How will the doctors treat you optimally?Portable Digital Personal Health Record can play a key role in solving this puzzle. It will provide physicians with instant access to patient medical history-including their past medical history, diagnosis, allergies and prescriptions.
In the fragmented health care service today, there is no comprehensive record sharing between different health care centers especially when you are traveling overseas. These are the situations when you should carry a personal health record of your self and your family with you always. Paper based records are an easy option, but they have their limitations.