6, 2014 - As thousands of senior travelers make plans to visit family
this holiday season, they may not know that the top item to pack should
be their electronic personal health record.
build an up-to-date electronic medical record before hitting the road,
in addition to packing festive clothes and holiday gifts. These records
should provide travelers with access to their complete health history
including electronic medical records, digital image studies, vaccines,
medications and other special health conditions. Having an electronic
personal health record provides easy access in the case of emergency or
for added convenience when seeing physicians outside of the city in
which senior travelers live.
When emergencies happen, it’s important to have
medical records on hand immediately for prompt and accurate medical
diagnosis. In the past, medical records were not easily accessible when
traveling, however, technology has changed all of that. Now, solutions
such as those afforded by
Medical Records Systems help
senior travelers control their health files from anywhere online,
allowing them to worry less about an emergency and focus on plans to
relax and have fun away from home.
Here are a few tips for senior travelers before
leaving for warmer weather:
● Compile medical records from all physicians
and medical specialists in one accessible place.
Under the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA), all medical providers are required to allow
patients access and to obtain copies of all medical records – including
x-ray and other images, blood work, allergic relations and more Cost of
printing or mailing documents is not covered, but doctors’ offices are
not allowed to charge for access to the records. Many larger health
organizations will have a medical records or health information
department at which to request access to medical records at one
● Upload all documents into an electronic
personal health record.
This allows for quick and easy access to necessary
health information in travel destinations throughout the world.
Options, like those afforded by Medical Records Systems, provide paper
medical record scanning and uploading for their members. Many medical
offices only keep a patient’s health records on file for seven years,
making documentation of health history in an electronic personal health
record essential for long-term health.
● Ensure that all records are stored
Privacy and security are a concern when uploading
sensitive medical documents to an online system. Any personal health
record system selected should be designed to meet HIPPA security
standards. Additional security is recommended, such as the advanced
encryption used to secure personal health information by
Medical Records Systems.
● Update all records with the most current
Personal health records should be updated with the
most current medical studies such as colonoscopies and mammograms. Each
time a new study is taken, it should be uploaded into the electronic
personal health record so that all physicians and medical professionals
have access to the most most-up-to-date health information.
● Keep your family informed.
Before leaving, leave contact info for physicians
and medical specialists with family or close contacts. This provides
first responders an additional method to access personal health
information in the event of an emergency in addition to access to an
electronic personal health record.
Dr. Arnold Curry is the founder and CEO of
Medical Records Systems. He
developed the online health record system after witnessing patients
struggle to control, organize and consolidate all of their health files.
Dr. Curry is currently the medical director at Plains Regional Medical
Center in Clovis, N.M.
He has worked as a clinical instructor at
Harper-Grace Hospital in Detroit, as a guest instructor at Wayne State
University School of Medicine and is the former chief of the oncology
department at Southwest Detroit Hospital. His work has been published in
hematology and oncology journals and is a registered investigator with
the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Curry holds an M.D. from Rush Medical
School and an MBA from Michigan State University.
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