PHR vendor launches "In Case of Emergency" program for mobile phones

Richard Pizzi describes a new consumer-oriented service from in Healthcare IT News. Enrollees would be able to activate a setting in their account that would allow their emergency health histories to be accessed from their cell phones in case of emergency so that first responders, paramedics, etc., could obtain vital information.

This is an intriguing idea. Emergency responders are already trained to look for medic alert bracelets or necklaces and cards in wallets. This would provide one more way to get vital info about medications and conditions for people who may not be conscious or able to provide their history in an emergency.

Could the information result in a privacy problem if the person loses their cell phone or it’s stolen? Sure. But the individual could then go into their account online and change the setting so that the info would no longer be accessible by cell phone.

From the article:

A provider of online Personal Health Records, or PHRs, will allow its customers to access their online health records using an Internet-connected mobile phone.

AccessMyRecords. com, a privately held corporation based in Boca Raton, Fla., offers Web-based PHR tools directly to consumers.


People with AccessMyRecords. com accounts will have instant access to a read-only emergency summary report of their medical information, viewable via a cell phone. This is the same report that can be viewed from the AMR website. AMR members have the option to activate the service from their account.

Tambasco said the read-only report allows emergency responders to see a snapshot of an AMR member’s medical history directly on a cell phone. Information in the report includes an identification photo, medical history, current medications, allergies, health insurance carrier information, family contacts, primary care physician information and healthcare power of attorney.

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