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It’s 10 O’Clock – Do You Know Where Your Medical Information Is?

The most common patient safety error involves medication, and it may be the easiest to avoid with a little preparation. In an emergency, it’s important for healthcare providers to know the drugs and supplements a person takes, the dosages and the reason for taking them, because some drug combinations may cause harmful complications.

Healthcare professionals call this information “medication reconciliation.” The Joint Commission made it a National Patient Safety Goal. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement targeted medication reconciliation as part of its “100,000 Lives Campaign.” And yet, few people are aware that drugs meant to keep them healthy can turn hazardous in unintended duplication of doses or in combination with medications administered in emergencies.

GlobalMed suggests people keep a list of the medications and their dosages and any allergies for each member of the family in one central location in the home. The downloadable MyMedList is designed for this purpose and is available from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Once filled in and printed, this two-page form can be attached to the refrigerator with a magnet for quick and easy access. Adults with chronic disease should print out a second copy to carry with them.

GlobalMed Founder and Managing Director Joel E. Barthelemy talks about the importance of medical information in this week’s Connected Health Video Blog. “We’re working on Connected Health – providing delivery systems that enable better access to healthcare in order to improve outcomes and save money,” Barthelemy says. “Keeping your health information handy is the first step in the process.”

About GlobalMed

GlobalMed develops integrated telemedicine solutions for healthcare providers and corporate health programs. Our mission is to transform healthcare globally by developing and integrating secure and efficient health delivery systems that improve access and quality of care, while eliminating unnecessary costs. GlobalMed’s broad array of connected medical devices and patient data workflow systems enable complete patient encounters from the patient location and the doctor to anywhere around the world, across a full range of healthcare specialties. For more information, visit www.globalmed.com or call 1-800-886-3692

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