(This article was published in July 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)
Government of India has set up a utility for its citizens to store and manage their health related information. This would help maintain prescriptions, lab reports, medical images, etc. in one place.
Information maintained in papers or files are lost over a period of time. However, MyHealthRecord leverages the power of internet to help us maintain our medical history in an easily accessible form. This would also facilitate interaction of multiple health service providers.
Another benefit would be that there would not be a need for frequently repeated diagnostic tests. Also this information would be accessible from any part of the world.
These records can be maintained for 5 years.and are secured by password. The records can be accessed only by specific people or health service providers that you would like to share the information with. For instance, sharing such information would help children staying far way to stay updated with your well-being, or vice versa. This would also help doctors to diagnose and prescribe medicine more effectively, consistent with the patients’ medical history.
MyHealthRecord apps can be installed on mobile phones from Google Play Store as well as Apple App Store. Also, this is available free of cost to Indian citizens.
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