Navigation Links's New Features -- A Quantum Leap in Using Health Information to Promote Your Health

HOUSTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- With its acclaimed debut in 2007, MyHealthArchive revolutionized every aspect of old-fashioned pen and paper patient medical records by bringing the process into the digital age. Today's release of new features goes far beyond basic record-keeping, allowing subscribers to take charge of their health and wellness by putting all their records to use under their own centralized control and energizing their health and wellness activities. MyHealthArchive is not an electronic medical record (EMR) -- those are for use by physicians and hospitals. MyHealthArchive is far more than a simple personal health information archive. MyHealthArchive exceeds existing archiving systems, first by better communicating with physicians and hospitals, and then goes to the next level by promoting the use of that information to better achieve health and wellness.

Close Information Gap, Reduce Risks

"Much patient healthcare occurs in widely disparate, unconnected places, making a comprehensive health record difficult," said Dr. Al Davies, CEO of PatientCentral Technologies, the developer of MyHealthArchive. "Cumulatively, it's hard to remember adverse medication reactions, doctors, or 'little emergencies.' Worse, when traveling, the distance between your physicians and family can reduce the likelihood that physicians and healthcare providers will have important history available to ensure that you're treated properly."

This information gap can create significant inefficiencies, potentially posing significant risks to patient safety. MyHealthArchive has an augmented capability for health information exchange to facilitate both routine and emergency care. This capability delivers a comprehensive understanding of the subscriber's health status, illnesses, medications, preventive health care, and other treatments.

"Patients can use this highly secure system to organize and centralize important details in one place for ready recall," said Valerie Purcell, RN, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Operations for PatientCentral Technologies. "MyHealthArchive provides the ability to upload, store, and download important documents, prepare for visits with physicians, and share information about treatment progress," she continued. "That includes reactions to medications, signs, and symptoms that may provide insight into whether a treatment plan is working effectively."

Improve Health and Wellness with Interactive Tools

MyHealthArchive enables subscribers to improve health and wellness with educational and interactive graphic tools that can be e-mailed, faxed, or printed and shared with physicians and healthcare providers. The MyGraphs interactive tool can create a picture of progress, such as weight loss, blood pressure control, or therapy. "The ability to trend treatment progress with MyGraphs is an invaluable MyHealthArchive feature," said Dr. Davies. "This picture of progress can help both the patients and their physicians gain insight into whether medications or treatments are working appropriately, indicating the direction of adjustments to be made for better results or maintaining the current direction. The best way to promote good behavior is to shine a light on it. MyGraphs is your personal floodlight."

Calendaring of health events, including appointments, preventive screening schedules, medications, and other personal and medical events, is another way MyHealthArchive helps subscribers keep their health information all in one place. Reminders for appointments or other medical events can be scheduled to be sent to you in the future.

"MyHealthArchive not only securely stores health information," said Matt Davies, PatientCentral's Vice President of Information Technology, "but it lets patients determine who can access their private health information and how much they can see." For example, a patient may want family members to have limited access, such as to advance directives. However, to curtail redundancies or omissions in treatment, a patient may want physicians to have full access to all health records. This is critical in emergency situations. Children who live miles away from their elderly parents can be more directly involved in their parents' lives with updated medical information and better communication. "This brings peace of mind to both you and your loved ones who cannot do this for themselves," said Daynee Heller, a MyHealthArchive subscriber.

For college students away from home or anyone who travels, MyHealthArchive allows security and flexibility for access to health information through the Internet. And, where Internet access is now readily available, the records can be maintained on a thumb drive or a CD. Have a complex medical history or just don't have the time to dig up and upload your records? MyHealthArchive now offers an optional Concierge Service to help patients and their families determine how to compile their health history and which medical records to obtain.

MyHealthArchive has systems available for hospitals and physician practices to incorporate all of their patients as a group or as special high- risk groups, such as dialysis or heart failure patients, into a personal health information system meshed with the hospital's electronic medical record system.

Win/win proposition for patients and employers

"Employers need to help keep employees healthy and capable of working," noted Bill Hagen, a seasoned benefits planner and financial consultant. "MyHealthArchive is an excellent tool for improving their safety. Specifically, MyHealthArchive helps promote wellness activities that keep accidents down and sick time minimized. These effects also serve to minimize health and disability insurance costs. Giving MyHealthArchive to employees as a component of the benefits package is a win/win proposition for employers."

In this Holiday Season, gift certificates for MyHealthArchive make a wonderful gift for a parent, child or a loved one.

"To sum it up," Dr. Davies said, "MyHealthArchive covers the entire spectrum of care -- from routine visits to physicians, to hospitalizations, to emergency services when a person's medical history is not available. MyHealthArchive fills that information void to help improve your health care and, potentially, to save your life. You're not merely storing data; you're using it to promote health. Daily."

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    PatientCentral Technologies, LLC
    (888) 788-8873

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