SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- “Medical tests and procedures were repeated on me due to lack of communication between healthcare providers on a number of occasions,” said John E. Manning, Jr. of Goodyear, Ariz., who in the past 20 years has visited primary care physicians, cardiologists, hematologists and gastroenterologists, to name only a few. “I have been examined and treated by such an array of specialists, I’ve often wanted a tool that would allow me to share the important aspects of my medical history with those who need to know.”
Missing or inaccessible paper medical records and incompatible electronic formats plague the American healthcare system, and are a persistent challenge to any patient searching for an accurate diagnosis and successful treatment. “myMediConnect provides me a way to organize my many health records, and then print them or download them to a keychain USB Flash Drive,” said Manning. “Now I keep my complete medical history in my cell phone carrying case.”
myMediConnect is a personal health record (PHR) portal offering a patient-controlled compilation of medical records—such as prescriptions, healthcare provider and hospital visits, conditions, diagnoses, procedures, test results and medical notes—that is saved and updated online.
Interest is high. Personal health records are being adopted more quickly than expected, according to a recent nationwide survey by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), which also said 40 percent of Americans who do not have a PHR express interest in using one. Because it is an online PHR, myMediConnect (formerly known as PassportMD) provides easy access to a wealth of features including social networks on which users discuss health anonymously with others experiencing similar issues, secure storage of living wills, medication reminders, weight tracking and access to medical records.
But even among healthcare providers in the same region within the same system, computer records are not always compatible. A myMediConnect record allows a patient to share important medical information with physicians and healthcare providers, but keeps control of those records in the patient’s hands. Veterinarian Stephen M. Meyer of Leavenworth, Kansas said, “I know well the value of having a current, accurate health record. Many times it can expedite a diagnosis and treatment and save the expense of repeat diagnostic tests.”
The Obama administration wants each American to have his or her own personal digital medical record by 2014—believing the change would save billions of dollars in unnecessary treatments and misdiagnoses—and plans to use about $30 billion in stimulus money to jump-start the process. myMediConnect is one of only four services chosen by the Obama administration for its pilot project on personal medical records for Medicare patients.
“myMediConnect empowers patients by giving them control of their healthcare records, which in turn enables them to manage and improve their health,” said Amy Rees Anderson, CEO of MediConnect Global, which owns the PHR system. “Personal health records will play a major role in establishing a more collaborative relationship between individuals and their care providers, and will ultimately improve the effectiveness of medical diagnosis and patient care while reducing costs.”
Fast-growing MediConnect Global is the world’s leading medical record retrieval and digitization service. The privately-held Salt Lake City-based company, founded in 1996, now serves the largest law firms, health payers and insurance carriers in the U.S. MediConnect Global grew by more than 1,000 percent from 2004-09, and ranks No. 172 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. The company was also cited by Inc. as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for 2007.
About MediConnect Global
MediConnect Global Inc. (http://www.MediConnect.net) is the worldwide leader in innovative medical record retrieval, digitization and management for organizations and individuals. Through its patented record retrieval and delivery processes, MediConnect helps organizations turn inefficient processes into centralized, Web-based workflows that increase project transparency and dramatically reduce time and cost. The company is equally committed to empowering individuals to take control of their own healthcare, which begins with ownership of the information found on their medical records. All MediConnect users benefit from the largest single repository of medical records gathered from throughout the world—more than 6 million strong. All MediConnect products and services feature strong HIPAA standards-based security.
myMediConnect (www.myMediConnect.net), MediConnect Global’s personal health record (PHR) consumer division, offers a highly secure online consumer health portal that gives users a centralized and easy-to-use repository for all of their personal and family health information. myMediConnect’s multiple features and services empower individuals everywhere to take ownership of and control over their own healthcare in a fully HIPAA-compliant environment. By allowing users to keep medical records of all doctor visits, become better educated about healthcare issues, track progress towards personal fitness goals, connect more easily with physicians, effectively research HSA providers, and save money on medications, myMediConnect provides each user with a safe and effective means to track and maintain his or her health.
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