Patients Pay to Put Medical Records Online


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By Sheryl Weinstein. While policy wonks ponder the dangers of computerized or Internet-accessible medical records, two medical professionals are skipping the debate and going directly to the people.. Established by Long Island neurologist David Steiner and Queens dentist Murray Friedman, Integrated Medical Technologies charges consumers $100 a year to post their medical records on its Web site, Medicaledge — www.medicaledge.com. Although the posted record could be a verbatim transcript of a medical history, with notes and X-ray findings scanned into a computer, it does not have to be. Most subscribers opt to fill out Medicaledge’s standard form, which includes a general medical history, drug history and adverse reactions, health insurance data, and treating physicians. "The patients provide the medical records. That way our liability is limited," says Stanley Stern, chief operating officer. . Target subscribers include seniors with significant medical histories, business travelers, parents sending children to camps or travel programs, and/or people with allergies who want to be flagged in an emergency situation. Subscribers receive a bracelet, medical identification card, Web site address, identification number, and toll-free fax number.. The Web-site, which has been operational since January 1998, also features information on medical ...

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