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MyCrisisRecords Offers Peace of Mind In Emergency Situations

Posted on December 10, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

It’s always nice to get feedback from readers, especially when they alert me to other apps. With some of my recent lists, I can’t always post all the great apps pertaining to a particular topic. While I try to do a thorough job researching, I obviously have room for error just because of the vast number of apps out there. So I definitely encourage readers and app creators to let us know if you have a great app that I should talk about. On that note, the CEO and founder of My Crisis Record contacted us about his service, and I thought it would be good to talk about. I focus a lot on mHealth apps around here, and this is an alternative to having all your medical information stored in an app.

MyCrisisRecords offers a place to store medical information safely and remotely and access them in a variety of ways, depending on the membership plan they choose. There are a few different plans, ranging from free to 14.99 a year. The free membership includes access to their Personal Health Care Record (PHRC) online, while the 14.99 plan has a lot more options. You can register here and view all the details of each plan, but here are a few features that can be used.

  • MY Crisis Card: This is a card that you put in your wallet that has a personalized QR code on it. A medical professional and emergency responder can take the card, scan the code, and all your medical information will be displayed on their smartphone or tablet.
  • MyShareFile: This allows the user to upload diagnostic files to their PHCR, so they can be easily shared and accessed by medical professionals.
  • My Crisis Capsule: A flash-drive like device that contains all your medical information (that you have submitted to your profile) pops up as soon as it is
  • Mobile: The ability to access your PHRC mobiley

After I registered, I went to see what kind of information you could enter. And I wasn’t disappointed. They sure didn’t seem to leave anything out. This could definitely be very helpful in case of an emergency. I like how there are different plans available, just according to whatever your needs are, and even the most expensive plan isn’t that bad. The information is stored securely and can only be accessed on the web with a password.

I did find the website to be a bit confusing. At this point, I’m not entirely sure if everyone gets the My Crisis Capusle, regardless of the plan they sign up for, or if it is only included in the highest plan. I also found it hard to find the information I was looking for at times (like the prices for plans), and it was a little information heavy in some places.

Overall, this program should definitely be one that anyone wanting to be a little more prepared should look into. It’s a nice alternative to storing the information on a mobile app, or on paper, though it can be accessed both those ways (a copy of the PHRC can be printed off if desired.)

MyCrisisRecords Update and Demo Video

Posted on November 11, 2011 I Written By

A couple of months ago I wrote about a cool new product, mycrisisrecords.  It is a personal health record that can be accessed by emergency care personnel by simply scanning a QR code from a card in your wallet, calling a 24/7 call center, or inserting a USB flash drive.

Since first writing about it, they have developed a demo video, which you can find below, that shows the steps involved in registering for an account as well as how the whole thing works.  I was also sent a sample MyCrisis card to see just how easy it was to access life saving information.

It really was as simple as clicking a button on my smartphone and I had access to name, blood type, allergies, medications, health conditions, emergency contact numbers, and personal physician including phone number.  It would have only taken the push of a button to send an alert that there was an emergency so that the appropriate people could be contacted.

When I first wrote about it I wasn’t sure how easy it would really be, and with my life on the line I wasn’t sure I would want the paramedic pulling out his smart phone and waiting for an app to work, but it was incredibly fast.  The initial screen does not go in-depth with medical information, but it does give you the ability to do so if there is an actual emergency.

Having actually seen it in action I can now see the tremendous value this product can have, especially for people who have special medications or medical conditions.  We have all seen the bracelets people wear, and being in the military I have seen the special dog tags, but what could be simpler than carrying what amounts to a business card in your wallet or purse?  This also provides a wealth of information as opposed to one allergy or condition.

They also provide varying levels of membership that offer certain benefits such as how many times you can have your personal health record transmitted, special website access, and the option to buy the USB based my crisis capsule.  There is also an app for Apple and Android that is in development that will be available to all members.

This really is an amazingly simple concept that could provide tremendous peace of mind for people, especially those with life threatening medical conditions.

Great Story About Value of Healthcare Information

Posted on January 6, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I recently got a message from Jerry Theis of MyCrisisRecords. He sent me a story that I thought was a great way to start off the new year. It talks about the value of health care data interoperability and in this case a device and PHR with a person’s health information. Enjoy the story!

Yesterday, one of my members called me to tell me she was taken to the emergency room suffering combinations of complications caused by a rare condition, Polymorphous along with a flare up of fibromyalgia which caused to her go into cardiac arrest. The ER doctors were able to effectively treat her because she had her digital device which provided them all of her medications, conditions, allergies (she is allergic to latex). Because of this rare condition and her acute distress she was told by the doctors had she not had this device there would have been adverse events, medical errors and it would have been fatal.

The ER doctors read the article I had downloaded in the device about Polymorphous. She, the patient educated the doctors who said they had never treated or seen this rare condition. The ER doctors consulted with Mayo Clinic and an expert on Polymorphous consulted with them and spoke to the patient while reviewing the transmittal of her PHR sent to him. She consented to be injected with a drug that had to be sent from Mayo (2hrs). It relieved her of the severe pain and swelling in her throat.

I share this with you because it meant so much to me to hear her testimonial and how thankful she was and how grateful she said the doctors were about what I created. I am a psychotherapist and she is a patient of mine who has a Bi Polar condition. The doctors said they may have had discarded her presentation because of her psychiatric condition had they not had the complete PHR. Another primary reason why I relentlessly developed this technology, for the special needs populations.