Access Your Medical Records in a Flash

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from: Longevity Explorers | Saratoga Retirement Community

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Explorer Jan tells the group that the Book Group at SRC is promoting the idea of residents having their complete medical records on a USB 'flash' drive formatted for that purpose. 

She and others would like their retirement community to acquire the means to provide all residents the opportunity to have their medical records on USB flash drives. They are trying to get the news around by speaking to management as well as the Health Committee and the Security Committee.

Janet reports that all her friends in the Stanford Hospital medical system have the USB drives with a red cross on them at a cost of five dollars. She suggests that a person might do it themselves with a scanner and a common USB drive. Other members, despite seeing the appeal of doing it personally, express doubt that a 'home made' drive could be read by emergency personnel with specialized readers. The format seems to be the issue, since most of the drives are issued by major health care providers and are not formatted or populated by individuals. 

Everyone who has spoken of it before has had favorable things to say about it, and it seems important that the health care provider put the information on the drive, since they have full access to the records in electronic format. In the case of informational formssuch as the ones that people keep handy in their apartments, it seems likely that a service would come to campus and enter that abbreviated information into a USB drive for the residents. The key consideration seems to remain whether emergency responders can read the format of the information on the drive. In summary, the group appreciates that if a person were to set up a drive on their own, they might have to worry whether it would work properly in an emergency.

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from the Saratoga Retirement Community circle discussion May 24th, 2016.


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Key words: 
electronic medical record, USB medical record storage