The health IT industry has been working on personal health records (PHRs) for a while and I suspect it will take years before they really take off in a big way. PHRs are likely not to become prevalent at least until the ambulatory care market starts to recognize their utility and doctors convince patients to use them.
I just ran across this new device: MiCard. MiCARD is the size of a credit card (just a bit thicker) and you load your medical record onto it. Once you’ve got it loaded, the following information is basically carried around in your hip pocket or purse:
* Critical Medical Conditions
* Personal Photo
* Blood Type
* Physician Information
* Medications & Dosages
* Insurance Information
* Eyeglass and Contact Lens Prescription Data
Seems pretty slick. I’ll check them out in more detail and see how they fare. If anyone knows more about it or has used it, please leave a comment here for others to benefit from as well.