Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Medical Records on a Portable USB Flash Drive

From Medgadget:

The AP is reporting on the US Senate's encouragement of electronic medical record keeping, in the form of a USB-style key chain.

People could carry their medical records around their necks or on key chains through technology being encouraged in a bill passed Friday by the Senate.
"When they go to the doctor's office they won't have to take that little clipboard and figure out whatever it is that they can remember about their health," said Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

The Wired for Health Care Quality Act encourages the Health and Human Services Department to form a public-private partnership to identify ways to streamline the health care system's information technology. Hospitals and other health care providers could apply for grants to help them implement new technologies.


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