MedRetreat – Medical Tourism

February 14, 2009

e-Health and Medical Tourism

Today most of our medical records are on written paper and stored in files at our family doctor’s office. In all likelihood, every time we visit a new doctor or specialist, our medical case notes are not filed along with the rest of our records in one central location. In order for us to improve the quality of our national health care system and dramatically reduce the risk of medical errors, it is imperative that the medical community converts all of our individual medical records to digital format that is instantly accessible to care providers wherever they may be.

With today’s advanced web-based and software technology, there is little reason for us to not have one central electronic file which contains all of our medical information from the day we are born. Such a database would be an excellent resource for travelers to any destination around the globe, as medical care providers could seamlessly access and review the patients’ complete medical history prior to any treatment.  This would be a significant benefit to the medical tourism industry.

Several companies and organizations have already developed prototypes of such medical record databases, two of which include Microsoft and Google. However, the biggest obstacles to widespread implementation of these technologies have been the issues relating to the privacy of individual medical records.

In recent weeks, e-health has received tremendous traction as the new Obama Administration inserted provisions in the financial stimulus package to begin the process of converting all written medical records to electronic format in an effort to reduce errors and costs.  Although this massive initiative will not occur overnight, it is great news for all.


1 Comment »

  1. Keep up the good fight Mr Snodgrass!

    Comment by rudy rupak — February 14, 2009 @ 1:32 am | Reply

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