Misson of LifeSaverAppTM Personal Health Record

 

LifeSaverAppTM provides emergency responders, such as EMTs or emergency room doctors, access to your medical information online instantly.   LifeSaverAppTM offers emergency medical information by using your LifeSaverAppTM medical ID card stored in your wallet.  Emergency medical information is available on the cell phone, a tablet PC or any device connected to the Internet.  Emergency Responders can make informed decisions about your emergency medical treatment and ongoing medical care when they can access your medications, conditions, allergies, emergency contacts and special needs immediately.   LifeSaverAppTM offers the technology to "have real-time access to all medical information and tools to help assure quality and safety of care."
 

Who Needs LifeSaverAppTM?

  • Individuals with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, COPD, Alzheimer's, dementia, respiratory problems, multiple sclerosis, strokes, epilepsy

  • Individuals with special needs such as autism, mental health issues, mental retardation, blindness or deafness, physical disabilities or any situation requiring special care such as the need for oxygen

  • Care givers of individuals with chronic illness

  • Home health care professionals responsible for the care & safety of individuals with chronic health problems

  • Assisted living facility or nursing home professionals

  • Any family wanting to keep track of their medical care in the most efficient way possible.

Why do EMTs & Emergency Room health professionals encourage the use of LifeSaverAppTM?

When you keep the wallet-sized Medical ID Card created by LifeSaverAppTM handy, an emergency responder can access your emergency medical information on a smartphone using QR Codes - a free app available from ITunes. Later at the hospital, emergency room doctors can pull up your entire medical record.  Having your emergency medical information organized and presented in a short medical record format speeds up the decision-making process. Healthcare professionals do not have to sift through pages and pages of irrelevant material. They know exactly the medical conditions that are present in the individual's life.

Internet Security: Everyone is worried about the Internet security of their personal Medical information and rightly so. LifeSaverAppTM encrypts your data with 256 bit encryption, twice the HIPAA standard for privacy. In addition, the website is secured by an SSL certification. And finally, each person's medical information is protected by a private username, password and pin number, much like you control your online banking information or email.

 

 

My personal experience with LifeSaverAppTM


I founded LifeSaverAppTM out of my frustration for concise organization of my personal medical records. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in my early 30s. As a result of the diagnosis, I have consulted numerous healthcare professionals such as neurologists, family practice practitioners, chiropractors, neuropaths, orthopedic specialists and mental health professionals. It became increasingly more difficult to remember and articulate the various practitioners and their diagnoses. Over 10 years ago, I started developing a personal health record. At that point in time, technology was not able to keep up with the need for immediate access of the medical record. As a result, I had to fill out pages of paperwork for every new doctor that I consulted.  LifeSaverAppTM provides immediate access for my entire medical record.  When I went to the emergency room with a cut that needed sutures, the nurse asked for my medications, medical conditions and so forth - all of the typical questions. I handed him my  LifeSaverAppTM medical ID card and asked him to access my record on the Internet. When he returned with the report, he asked "why doesn't everyone have this?" That is my goal. To make LifeSaverAppTM available to everyone as a means of protecting their life through instant access to online medical records.

 

A few years ago, my uncle became sick and was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of Valley fever. He kept telling the doctors that he was on heart medication but they did not continue the medication while he was being treated for Valley fever. During the course of his hospital stay, he suffered a major heart attack and died. Had the doctor listened to his patient, the death could have been avoided. If my uncle had been admitted with a complete personal health record, perhaps the doctor would have been more attentive. We'll never know.

Since almost everyone has access to a computer, it would make sense that we would use a computer to communicate information about an individual's health care. In an ideal world, the patient would complete a personal health record. This wealth of information would be shared with all of the patient's healthcare providers. When the patient has been evaluated by the doctor, the doctor would send information back to the patient that would become part of the patient's personal health record. Not only would the patient receive information about their condition, they would also receive information like patient instructions, exercises that they could do to improve their condition and recommendations from the doctor about continued care. This type of business model puts the patient in the center of their health care and keeps families informed so that they can participate fully. Unfortunately, we rarely see this type of communication in the healthcare industry.  While the government has mandated the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR's), they do not communicate with one another or store data in a central data depository. This leads to fragmented healthcare with the greater possibility of medical mistakes.

Avoiding Medical Mistakes
 

With all of the various treatments and medications available to patients nowadays, it is becoming increasingly important that patients are aware and take responsibility for their own health care. The main purpose of integration between the personal health record and the electronic medical record is to avoid medical mistakes. One of the most costly and deadly medical mistakes concerns the use of pharmaceuticals. I went to the local drug store one day to pick up a prescription. When I looked at the bottle, I did not recognize the name of the medication. When I asked the pharmacist, he rudely assured me that my doctor had prescribed this medication. Not trusting his answer, I questioned him further; I asked to see a copy of the doctor's orders. As it turns out, the pharmacist had made a mistake that I recognized because I maintain a personal health record and know firsthand why I take any medication since I certainly do not like pills and only take medication if absolutely necessary. The pharmacist had filled the prescription with the wrong medication, one that could have significantly affected my blood pressure. I caught it because I was informed. Completing a personal health record helps a patient stay organized and current on their health care.

Emergency Medical Situations


Perhaps the most useful feature of a personal health record is the ability to communicate critical medical information in an emergency situation, especially if the patient is not conscious. Emergency responders, whether it is an emergency medical technician on scene or an emergency room doctor at the hospital, need quick and easy access to a patient's medical records. Most of the time, critical information is not available to assist doctors in making appropriate decisions; medical history is often sparse. Is the patient allergic to anything? Is a patient on medication? Is the patient pregnant? There are hundreds of questions that impact the quality of emergency medical care.
 

An online medical record can fill in the gaps and make the information instantly available. While the government has mandated the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR's), they do not communicate with one another or store data in a central data depository. This leads to fragmented healthcare with the greater possibility of medical mistakes.


Here's how it works. LifeSaverAppTM software prints an emergency medical record ID card for a person's wallet, refrigerator or glove box. Using the instructions on the ID card, emergency responders have instant access to critical medical information that can save a person's life. Imagine that your grandmother suddenly becomes unconscious while shopping. In her purse, there is an emergency medical ID card. Using his cell phone, the EMT brings up your grandmother's medical record and realizes that she has diabetes and that she had a heart attack two years ago.

Can you see how information like this would be critical in an emergency situation? When she is transported to the hospital, emergency room attendant has access to her complete medical history. Wouldn't you want this type of information available for your family members and for your patients? You can even test how it works by following the instructions on this card from your computer or from your browser-based cell phone. A complete emergency medical record will appear in your screen. This wealth of information can literally save a life.

 

a complete emergency medical record is available using QR codes from a smart phone.

Smart Phones Can Save Lives


By downloading a free QR code reader to his/her cell phone, a paramedic can scan the LifeSaverAppTM medical ID card above and have instant access to a patient's emergency medical information.  Be sure to watch the LifeSaverAppTM video to see how lifesaver can make your information instantly available to emergency responders, in the field or in the emergency room. LifeSaverAppTM is dedicated to cutting-edge technology that saves lives.

 


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