More specifically, what if the person with the needle, doesn't even know about the pills you’re taking? What about all your allergies, chronic conditions, and past surgeries? Will you remember to tell them everything when you’re sick?
My Own Medical Info can make sure paramedics, doctors, and hospital staff get the data they need to make informed decisions. Avoid duplicative, time-wasting, or even harmful treatments that can happen when they don’t know enough about you.
Consider a few more questions...
- When writing the “medical autobiography” doctors want on your first visit, do you have to start from scratch every time?
- If friends, relatives, or nurses have to provide medical assistance, would you want to explain (and re-explain) everything when you don’t feel well?
- Even if you already keep track of your medical information, how easy is it to update? Does it involve lots of white-out and photo-copies?
My Own Medical Info is a good solution to these problems:
Once your data is entered in the app, it can create paper or electronic documents that you and your medical providers can easily use. In fact, when shown such a comprehensive, medical information sheet, doctors consistently say “I wish all my patients had something like this“.
Other Important Points:
- Quickly give emergency room staff critical medical data that might even save your life.
- Make sure each of your doctors knows about the others - and what they are doing for you.
- Easily update changes to medication and other data through an interface designed for just that purpose.
- When anyone needs to know “what's wrong”, just say “read this” instead of providing a lengthy explanation.
Key Application Features
|Easy Startup:||No installation needed – just download a copy and open it from a local drive.|
|Printable:||Create a formatted, ready-to-print document with only a web browser.|
|Private:||Your data is all stored locally – even encrypted if you prefer.|
|Exportable:||Data can be saved to delimited text files for easy access by other apps.|
In addition to personal information (name, birthday, ss number, etc.), My Own Medical Info holds 7 different types of information you should always have on hand:
- Doctors – Making sure your primary care physician and specialists all know about each other helps avoid conflicting or “doubled-up” treatments. Even better, they might actively consult with each other...
- Emergency Contacts – A close friend or relative can help take care of the non-medical issues. If they are also a designated “medical proxy“, they can make sure your treatment follows your requirements.
- Medications – It is critical that doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies know what you are already taking. This avoids misdiagnosis, overdoses, and other (bad) drug interactions.
- Pharmacies – Your doctor may be able to send prescriptions directly if you know your pharmacy's phone/fax numbers. If you need someone else to pick up medicine for you, the address may be helpful for them too.
- Medical History/Conditions – Even after scores of expensive, time-consuming, and/or painful tests a doctor might not know as much as you can tell them with a brief list. This is where you would note any allergies, chronic problems, recent surgery, and anything physically unusual. Basically, whatever might help diagnose future problems and prevent treatment conflicts.
- Immunization – Some vaccinations need boosters to remain effective while others shouldn't be duplicated. Keeping track of when and what you had can help avoid some serious diseases or needless side effects.
- Insurance Plans – Doctors and Hospitals like to know how they’ll get paid. For non-critical conditions, the sooner they know, the sooner they can start treating you.
Take A Look At Alternatives
Paper: Buy a big eraser, lots of whiteout, or scissors for updates; then get glasses to decipher the results.
Spreadsheet: Get a spreadsheet program, figure out the format yourself, and make sure other systems have the same software if you need to edit it “away from home“.
Word Processor: Face the same problems as a Spreadsheet – and then make it deal with tabular data (even though it isn’t meant to).
Database Manager: Possible... but that’s kind of like swatting a fly with a sledgehammer, isn’t it?
Pharmacy lists: They only know about your drugs – and only the ones you bought from them.
A “Medical Home” Practice: Could be the best solution IF you can find one and IF your records can be accessed by ALL emergency rooms...
Pay Record Service: You give the service all your medical data and then they rent it back to you every month.
Free Record Service: At least when you pay for it the provider has an incentive to keep the service (and your data) available – unlike this example: Google Health Cancelled
“My Own Medical Info” Advantages
- Provides a framework, categories, and prompts that help you quickly build a valuable medical document.
- Ridiculously simple interface – everything can be edited from a single screen.
- NOT a complicated “health management” or “medical record” system.
- Make sure your information is accurate before a doctor or hospital staff asks for it.
- Experiment with our “demo data” app before entering your own data.
- Internet access is NOT required – the app is browser-based but not web-based.
- It's free to use forever.