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April 7, 2005

Travel with your doctor in your pocket

A doctor in Florida has created a medical record storage service that digitizes medical records and stores them on a business card-sized CD-Rom, so that travelers can quickly access relevant information in the case of illness.

By CBR Staff Writer

All too often when an emergency occurs to a traveler abroad, precious time is wasted as the medical professional tries to learn about the patient’s medical history, says Steven Hacker, the maker of the PassportMD. He added that the new device ensures the patient has a reliable record of his or her past medical history, which he says can be life-saving for the patient.

Among the information that can be stored on the PassportMD is blood type, medications, allergies or emergency family or doctor contact information. It can also store specific records, like a heart patient’s EKG, echocardiograms, stress tests and cardiologist notes, or any chronically ill patient’s records and history.

As part of membership in PassportMD, two copies of the business card-sized CD-Rom are updated twice a year for $64.95.

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