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mHealth Notification Averts Hospitalization

Posted on August 2, 2013 I Written By

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I usually save most of my mHealth specific blogging for my Smart Phone Healthcare blog (subscribe to it if you haven’t already), but this story was too interesting to not share with a larger audience. This story comes from Gerald Theis of MCR Global. Gerald is one of the most patient people you’ll meet in the mhealth space. He’s working across international lines, but this story is where I love seeing Gerald’s work the most. It’s also a great illustration of the power of mHealth.

Last week a patient started to self mutilate (multiple cuts to legs). Her daily severity scores were consistently high (3 = severe). The MCR SMS message Alert was sent to her primary caregiver who made a health check home visit followed by a psychotherapy visit within 24 hours.

This mobile health program helped to engage the primary caregiver and may have averted a hospitalization. The patient was able to use her support system and crisis management psychotherapy session to utilize coping strategies to deal with her internal conflicts and has not harmed herself since the session.

This testimonial demonstrates how we can achieve patient and caregiver engagement via mobile health technology and avoid unnecessary hospitalization.

EMPOWERMENT. All 15 patients are very satisfied with this unique program and are tracking their scores consistently. This self report program is helping them identify triggers and early warning signs as they score each symptom for severity – Mild-Moderate or Severe. Each are shown their graph results that provide a visual way to see their pattern of distress. One asked for an appointment sooner than scheduled because her symptoms were escalating. All like the SMS feature that makes them feel secure.

Mycrisisrecords: Providing Critical Information During an Emergency

Posted on August 1, 2011 I Written By

There are few things in life more difficult than going through a medical emergency.  In many emergencies there is next to nothing that you can do to help those giving you medical care because you are generally incapacitated.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of information that they need to have to give you the best care possible.

There is now a way to get that information to the people who could save your life without you being able to communicate with them.  Mycrisisrecords (MCR) has developed a system for getting all of your important medical information to doctors at the hospital, or even paramedics on the scene.

They offer a few different options when it comes to sharing your information with medical personnel: My Crisis Card and the My Crisis Capsule.

The My Crisis Card is just what it sounds like: a card that you can carry in your wallet.  The card provides basic information such as your name, an emergency contact name and number, and the name and phone number of your physician.  It also provides a My Crisis Record ID number that can be used to access your personal health record.  There are also instructions for the first responder to gain access to your record through the mycrisisrecords website, or to call and get help from an operator. 

The MCR release of the My Crisis Card is the first mobile healthcare technology solution to have fully integrated QR technology.  Using the QR code a first responder could simply scan the code on their smartphone to retrieve your vital medical information and forward it to the emergency room before you even get there.  When every second counts in saving your life, this could be the difference.

The second offering is the My Crisis Capsule.  This brilliant little device is essentially just a thumbdrive that millions of people around the world carry to school and work everyday.  The difference with this little thumbdrive is that it contains access to your personal health record, and could possibly save your life.  All a healthcare professional has to do is plug it into a computer and they have access to your vital medical information.  Again, saving minutes, or even seconds that could be the difference in saving your life.

In conjunction with these tools, there is also a mobile web app that allows you to more easily keep your personal health record up to date.  This would be even more useful for people who have serious, or chronic health problems where there are regular doctors visits and your health information could be changing regularly.  It is also essential with these major illnesses for healthcare professionals to have access to that information to give you proper treatment.

One drawback that I do see is the cost.  It ranges from $25 to $65 a year per person.  While that may not seem like a lot, and in terms of saving your life it really isn’t, it may not be something that everyone can afford.  I for one think long and hard about anything that I will have to continue to pay for year after year.  While I don’t think this will be a major hurdle to jump I do think it will prevent some people from considering it.

The major news for this company is the release of MCR Africa.  Anyone who follows this blog, and many other healthcare blogs, has seen the reoccurring trend of healthcare technology in Africa.  There are so many reasons why Africa is perfect for these technologies, and they may very well prove to be the breeding grounds for success for many of these companies.

Another feature that may prove even more valuable in Africa is the usefulness of this technology in the midst of an emergency.  Not only can you receive better medical care, but it will be easier for healthcare providers to contact your friends and family so they can learn about your situation.

There are so many new devices out there that it can be hard to know which ones are worth anything.  While the technology involved may not seem groundbreaking compared to some of the amazing stuff out there, It is not always something groundbreaking that may save your life.  It may be something as simple as a card in your wallet, or a thumbdrive on your keychain.

For more information about mycrisisrecords please visit their website at