Two PHR Offerings

January 20, 2007

Medic Alert announced that it will give free PHRs to families of deployed military service personnel. The project includes “a free MedicAlert membership that, includes a PHR maintained in a secure database, personalized stainless steel bracelet, pendant, or dog-tag, emergency member wallet card, and 24-hour emergency response and family notification services.”  Medic Alert offers both online and thumb-drive PHRs. This is a generous offer and to be commended. Hopefully, there will be more information on their website soon.

The second story involves myNDMA.com, National Digital Medical Archive’s (NDMA) Citizens Health Portal, which was featured on NBC Nightly News. Why should this product be featured in a broad field of new products?  It does have at least two unique features – the ability to store medical images (not sure how easy it is for patients to obtain these digitally from their provider or hospital) and the ability to have records faxed from the web application to a doctor or hospital. In addition, they offer a community forum for “for consumers to have a voice in the direction of personal health records.” It will be interesting to see if this concept of a forum gains traction.

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