Health Information Comes Of Age


That IBM 5150 PC you see up there was introduced in August, 1981.

It’s fair to say that it’s the machine that launched the computer revolution that has transformed just about every aspect of the lives we’re living 30 years later.

Yet, a recent GovernmentIT blog post claims electronic healthcare records functionality hasn’t changed since 1982.

If you stop to think about your own experience with the healthcare system, you’ll realize just how true that claim is.

Can you access your health records online? Does your family physician have a private, secure place for you to go to check up on your medications, lab test results or office visit notes? Can your allergist or gynecologist instantly access information from your cardiologist?

For most of us, the answer to those questions is a resounding, and frightening, “no”!

But there are reasons to believe that the situation is finally about to change.

In February, 2009, President Obama signed a law setting aside $19.2 billion for the development of healthcare information technology. A substantial portion of that money was allocated as incentives for hospitals and healthcare professionals to establish “health information exchanges” and to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

While the details of what “meaningful use” means are still being hammered out, one thing is clear. The 30 year long healthcare information electronic logjam has been broken.

Fortunately, some parts of the healthcare information system of the future are already in place.

Like advance medical directives, for example. is a free, secure, system where any adult can create and update documents regarding his/her wishes for end-of-life care. That universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD™) is then safely stored and available to any healthcare facility or provider that the user authorizes. That means that no matter where in the world an emergency might happen, information about your directives is instantly accessible, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Someday, all your healthcare information will be available to anyone you authorize. It’s good to know that there already is a way to be sure that your uADD™ will be there if you need it. And that’s by visiting today.

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