LOS ANGELES, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MMR Information Systems (OTC Bulletin Board: MMRF), which through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (collectively, "MMR") provides Web-based consumer-controlled Personal Health Records ("PHRs") (www.mymedicalrecords.com) and electronic safe deposit box storage solutions (www.myesafedepositbox.com), is offering a free Personal Health Record and free surgical masks as a way to help consumers cope with and prepare for the possibility of a Swine Flu Pandemic.
In the last two days, the United States government declared a nationwide public health emergency followed by the World Health Organization's announcement that it had raised its pandemic alert level as cases of the flu spread to multiple countries.
"The threat of a Swine Flu pandemic serves as a timely and urgent reminder why people need to have a Personal Health Record," said Robert H. Lorsch, Chairman and CEO of MMR Information Systems, Inc. "In an emergency situation when decisions need to be made quickly, having all of one's medical information in one secure location, where it can be immediately accessed and shared with medical personnel, can mean the difference between life and death. The Obama Stimulus Package allocated $19 billion in funds to accelerate widespread adoption of electronic medical records, citing their use in helping to reduce medical errors and save lives, and this threat provides a heightened sense of that need."
Because information-sharing is a critical element of any emergency and disaster preparedness program, MyMedicalRecords features a special Emergency portal that enables doctors and medical personnel to access a patient's critical medical information, such as prescriptions, allergies and blood type, and also identify the person in a disaster situation where they may be separated from family, friends and personal articles. Information accessible in the Emergency view is pre-selected by the user so he or she is able to make available potentially life-saving information without compromising any other data secured in the PHR.
The MyMedicalRecords PHR also features a powerful Drug Reference Tool that allows users to instantly check for interactions between the prescription and over-the-counter medications they are taking. For the current threat, while a vaccine is being developed against the new Swine Virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued interim treatment recommendations using certain antiviral medications, and the drug reference tool can help reduce the chance of dangerous drug interactions which reportedly claim nearly 100,000 lives each year.
The MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record can be set up by a user in a matter of minutes and holds information for up to 10 family members. It is available in both English and Spanish, and each account also contains an electronic safe deposit box for a family's disaster plan for any emergency.
To set up a family Personal Health Record, users can go to www.mymedicalrecords.com and enter the promotion code NOFLU. Enrollees also receive surgical masks for their family.
"The MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record is a way to control vital health and medical information," Lorsch said. "The surgical mask is a way to remind us how we can practice prevention and be mindful to protect ourselves against potential infections."
MMR is holding a Webinar for investors and healthcare professionals and will include a question and answer session on Thursday, April 30, at 1:30PM Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada) at: http://wcc.webeventservices.com/view/wl/r.htm?e=144394&s=1&k=A4B842E90641491181C55E0010B0F436&cb=blank
About MMR Information Systems, Inc.
MMR Information Systems, Inc. (formerly Favrille, Inc.), through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (collectively, "MMR"), provides secure and easy-to-use Web-based Personal Health Record (PHR) and electronic safe deposit box storage solutions, serving consumers, healthcare professionals, employers, insurance companies, unions and professional organizations. Seeking to empower individuals and their families to have greater control over their health and well-being, MMR facilitates access to medical records and other important documents, such as living wills, birth certificates, passports, advance directives and insurance policies, anytime from anywhere using the Internet. MMR's principal product, the MyMedicalRecords PHR service, accessed through www.mymedicalrecords.com, is built on proprietary patent-pending technology that enables users to transmit documents, images and voicemail messages in and out of the MyMedicalRecords PHR system using a variety of methods, including fax, phone, and file upload without relying on any specific electronic medical record platform to populate a user's account. Users and medical providers can fax paper records (such as laboratory tests, radiology reports and physician's notes), or scanned images can be uploaded, into a secured personal account, which the user can access and organize as necessary, including filing particularly sensitive documents in virtual lockboxes protected by secondary passwords, and designating certain records as accessible to medical personnel and first responders by way of a separate Emergency Login. MyMedicalRecords PHR also includes the Cerner Multum Drug Content database, licensed to MMR from Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq: CERN). MMR offers its MyEsafeDepositBox service, available at www.myesafedepositbox.com, which is designed to provide secure online storage for vital financial, legal and insurance documents in addition to medical records using the same patent-pending technologies that drive the MyMedicalRecords PHR service. In its final stages of development, MMR's MyMedicalRecords Pro service is designed to give physicians' offices a cost-effective solution to the expensive and time-consuming problem of digitizing paper-based medical records. MMR clients include AFL-CIO, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, Coverdell, LegalZoom, MedicAlert, Midwest Research Institute, Qvisory, XN Financial and others. MMR is also an integrated service provider on Google Health. Additional information regarding MMR's business and its products, including trial accounts, is available at www.mymedicalrecords.com and www.mmrinformationsystems.com. Information on MMR's Websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release.
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