In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report To Err is Human, stating that as many as 98, 000 people die each year because of preventable medical errors. Still a new study, To Err is Human - To Delay is Deadly, indicates the death rate has changed little. A new computer application called "Med Records to Go" uses new, portable storage technology to help reduce medical errors by privately recording your vital medical information.
A feature is included to place your medical records and digital picture on Apple's iPhone. The medical information stored and viewed on the iPhone include identification data, medications, family history, treatments and hospitalizations, DNR orders, and physicians, specialists, insurance information, and your digital picture.
The iPhone medical records operate by making a copy of your medical records on the portable storage unit and automatically transmitting the copied records to the Vital Record Corporation server for download to your iPhone. Likewise, a digital picture may be transmitted to the Vital Record Server for storage and viewing with your medical records on the iPhone. In an emergency, medical personnel will have immediate access to your vital medical data by viewing your medical records on the iPhone, or alternatively, by simply plugging the portable storage device into their computer for automatic display.
For more information on Med Records to Go, see www.vitalrecord.net.