Kaiser Permanente Offers Med. Record USB Drives

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Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit HMO based in California, has begun offering its Northern California members USB flash drives containing a portion of their medical records that can be carried with them on business trips and vacations.

Kaiser Permanente undertook a major computerization of their medical recordkeeping in the past few years. As a member, I can attest to that. You can book appointments online (change them, even), email your physician, order prescriptions online, etc. etc. But you can't see your medical records aside from items like test results and the like.

The $5 flash drive, available from any medical secretary at a Kaiser facility, doesn't hold all your records, but enough of them, including the member's emergency contacts, physicians, medical issues, allergies, current medications, and lab results for the past year.

The drive is, of course, encrypted. The procedure to get one is as follows:

When a member requests a USB flash drive, the medical data is downloaded to the drive from Kaiser's Electronic Medical Record while the patient waits. Once downloaded, the patient enters a password, and the drive is removed from the computer.

It must be done while the patient visits a facility, but once the drive is paid for, it can be updated any time the member visits another facility. Kaiser started testing the device last summer at its Oakland medical center, where nearly 600 flash drives were provided to members.
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SqUiD267 replied on Tue, Apr 28 2009 7:18 AM

I like the idea, but what if you are sick on a plane and cant enter the password.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Apr 28 2009 7:54 AM

Sounds like a great tool for getting viruses into the computers at a medical center.

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I like the idea, but what if you are sick on a plane and cant enter the password.


This would probably be a good thing for me to have considering my history with anurisms and high blood pressure brain surgery because if I was to get what I call a bleeder in my brain or from the one in my neck my window of oppurtunity is very limited or for the lack of a better word dissmal! LOL at myself heck my best case scenario would be to be very, very close to the hospital. But it would be a nice thing to have and going back to SquiD,s question surely they would have a back up plan you would think for the patient being unconsious! Like a family member have the password or even the med facility have a overide procedure to access the drive!Confused





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