We’ve Got It Wrong!

Problems with the launch of HealthCare.gov have temporarily drawn Congressional attention away from our problems with healthcare IT. But you can be certain that even though this subject is “out of sight,” it definitely is not “out of mind”—nor should it be.

Why? Because we have spent more than $16 billion—with much more to come—subsidizing the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR/EHR) systems by physicians and hospitals, more than $1.3 billion trying to develop a single EMR system to serve the DoD and VA, and hundreds of millions of dollars building health information exchanges — all seemingly for naught. As reported in an important study released last week by Frost & Sullivan:

“Two realities have emerged from widespread EHR deployment . . . available EHR systems lack interoperability and cannot communicate with one another, therefore failing to reach the goal of creating seamless, universal and secure access to health information. . . . patient, does not own his or her health information, as this data is stored within the IT protocols of the EHR system, proprietary to providers, hospitals and health systems.”

Thus, despite these expenditures and the huge disruptions these programs have caused, doctors and hospitals have little more information today about their patients at the point of care than they had before we started down this incredibly expensive path! And these expenditures don’t even include the billions doctors and hospitals have undoubtedly spent installing and learning to use these new systems.

Is it any wonder Congress is up in arms? If they weren’t, we should fire the whole lot of them! And this is not a political issue. I’m not aware of anyone in Congress who is happy with this situation.

So where did we go wrong? The simple answer is we’re on the wrong “mission.” We had a preconceived idea but apparently never clearly defined what we were trying to accomplish, considered how hard it might be to accomplish, or looked for simpler, easier ways to achieve our desired results.

We saw that our healthcare system ran on paper records, and concluded that was “bad.” And we apparently leapt to the conclusion that if we could get every care provider using electronic records, we could link them together with electronic networks and everyone would be able to exchange records—and that would be “good.” With the benefit of hindsight, this approach was wrong and destined to fail though its proponents continue to press ahead without conceding its shortcomings. In addition, it completely ignored the growing interest patients have in their medical records.

The truth is, provider charting systems, whether paper or electronic, aren’t designed to share or exchange records (though providers do fax copies to other providers when asked). They are designed for providers to use for their own purposes—to keep track of a patient’s health issues and treatments, to bill insurers and to defend against claims. And that’s what they do.

So what’s the solution?

First, let’s recognize the obvious. We’ve got it wrong! We’re pursuing the wrong mission. We’re not meeting the needs of either providers or patients.

Providers don’t—and need not—care how their patient’s other providers keep their records. What they want at the point of care is easy access to other providers’ records that will help them understand their patient’s health issues so they can provide better care. Period.

At the same time, patients increasingly want to control their records, know they are correct, participate in their care decisions and, most importantly, know they’ll be available when they need care.

How do we accomplish these? We start by redefining our mission. It should be two-fold:

to ensure that any provider can easily and electronically access their patient’s complete record from all their providers at the point of care, anytime, anywhere
• to enable any patient to electronically access their records and participate in their care decisions

Second, we adopt a new approach, one we know can accomplish our redefined dual mission. There’s at least one simple, inexpensive approach that can do so, and it’s available today! It’s called MedKaz®, created by Health Record Corporation. It puts the patient, rather than the provider, at the center of the solution.

This approach does not replace providers’ record systems. It complements and lives alongside them, and works with all of them. It aggregates copies of a patient’s records—both paper and electronic—from all their providers, on an encrypted electronic device (containing an application to manage them) that the patient owns and carries with them all the time.

The records are stored as searchable pdf documents that you read in a browser. When the patient needs care, they simply give it to their doctor or other provider. The doctor examines the patient and, as needed, electronically sorts, searches for and reads the patient’s relevant records.

This simple, different approach gets a decidedly different result. It works—and benefits all parties!

It accomplishes our mission for providers. They can electronically access and search their patient’s complete record at the point of care, anytime, anywhere—so they avoid mistakes and unnecessary tests, provide better, coordinated care and presumably achieve better outcomes. And when a patient transitions from one provider to another, such as from PCP to specialist, hospital to acute-care facility, or DoD to VA, the patient’s records move with them and are immediately available to the new provider. Finally, the cost of care is lower, and there is no need to build or maintain expensive HIEs or patient identification systems.

At the same time, it accomplishes our mission for patients. They enjoy peace of mind that anytime, anywhere they need care, providers can access their complete record, and that their records are secure and private. They receive better care, presumably experience fewer adverse reactions, and have the information they need to participate intelligently in their care decisions.

What this different approach also means is that providers can “have their cake and eat it, too.” Each can adopt and use whatever patient charting system he or she wishes—their current one or a new one—without compromising the ability of other providers to access their records when treating a mutual patient.

Does this mean provider records need not be computerized? Not at all. Even though many providers find today’s EMR systems very hard to use, they should be encouraged to adopt whatever EMR system works well for them so they can electronically access their own patients’ records and enjoy the many other advantages EMRs provide.

In short, by redefining our healthcare IT mission and changing our approach, we can get the results we want, today and at considerably lower cost!

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MedKaz Goes to Washington—A Second Time!

On October 24th, we had the pleasure of presenting MedKaz to the Department of Defense (DoD). Here are excerpts from the letter I sent our many friends and followers telling them about the DoD’s needs and how MedKaz meets them when other systems can’t!

October 27, 2013

Dear MedKaz Friend,

Five weeks ago, we presented MedKaz® to the Veterans’ Affairs Department. This past Thursday, we presented it to the Department of Defense. Some 40 or so people attended representing each branch of service. They included physicians, nurses, IT techies, systems people, behavioral scientists, DoD contracting officers, et al.

We were one of 30± vendors who applied and were invited to tell DoD what commercial healthcare IT solutions exist, how they work, and how they can solve our military’s highly publicized healthcare IT problems: most notably their inability to share and access a patient’s records from all their providers, and how to make a patient’s records available when they transition from one provider to another, such as from a military to civilian provider, or from active duty to the VA. Continue reading

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Presentation to the Veterans’ Affairs Department

On September 17th, we presented our unique MedKaz® personal health record system to the Veterans’ Affairs Department. We were well received. We sent them the following thank you letter.

September 23, 2013

Good morning,

Many thanks for inviting us last Tuesday to tell you about our patient-centric MedKaz® personal health record system. Hope this e-mail will help those unable to attend to better understand how MedKaz can dramatically improve the way the VA meets the healthcare needs of our veterans.

As we explained, it does so in two very important ways.

First, it puts the veteran in control of his/her medical records and enables their care providers — both VA and civilian — to coordinate their care like never before and no other system can do. It aggregates the veteran’s complete medical record from all their providers on the MedKaz Green Drive which they own, carry on their key chain or in their wallet, and give to any provider they see, anywhere, anytime.

With MedKaz, veterans — for the first time — have their medical records in one place, can review and correct mistakes, and truly participate in their care decisions. And for the first time their providers can electronically access a veteran’s complete medical record from all providers and thereby coordinate and improve the quality of their care, avoid mistakes and unnecessary tests and reduce the cost of care. And with the veteran’s permission they can download records from civilian providers into the veteran’s VistA record so it is complete and up to date, and vice versa.

There are a dozen key reasons why MedKaz works for veterans and care providers when other approaches don’t.

1 It is patient- rather than provider-focused; it lives alongside provider record systems.
2 It standardizes the way a patient’s disparate records are managed rather than the way providers keep them.
3 It accepts records from any provider in any format, paper or electronic.
4 It indexes all records so they can be managed electronically.
5 It displays every record, including paper, as a searchable pdf in a browser.
6 It stores the patient’s complete record exclusively on their MedKaz Green Drive, not Internet-linked servers.
7 It avoids the security, privacy, breach/theft and patient identification issues plaguing virtually every other system.
8 It doesn’t require costly HIEs.
9 It is easy to learn and use, and available today.
10 It aligns the interests of all parties, including patients, providers, employers, insurers, government.
11 It saves providers time, enables them to practice better medicine, and increases their revenue/income.
12 It is affordable and financially self-sustaining.

Thus, Sonia, when you asked who our competition is and how MedKaz benefits the veteran, I answered that we don’t really have competition and that no other system can do for our veterans what MedKaz does.

Second, on the subject of disability claims processing, if VBA were to incorporate the software we use to digitize paper records for the MedKaz (that makes them electronically sortable and searchable), they would be able to greatly accelerate the processing of veterans’ disability claims. It would allow all the physicians who must review a veteran’s claim to review it simultaneously on their computers rather than one at a time, and thereby materially shorten the review cycle.

At the same time and with minimal additional effort, the medical records in a veteran’s claim file could be loaded onto a MedKaz which the veteran could then give to care providers when they require care. Of course, if the DoD also embraced MedKaz, VA claim processing and care delivery would be greatly simplified because the veteran would arrive at the VA with his/her MedKaz containing much of the information the VA needs to process disability claims and provide coordinated care.

We’ve tested MedKaz with hundreds of people and know it can meet the needs of our veterans — but I do not expect you to take our word for it. That’s why we suggested that we test it with a number of VA hospitals, CBOCS, physicians and several thousand patients so you can prove to yourselves that MedKaz works under all circumstances.

Given the pressing need to provide improved care for our vets and accelerate the processing of their disability claims, I hope your stakeholders will move quickly. They won’t be disappointed.

Please visit our website to learn more about MedKaz and call me at 802 484-0249 if you have any questions. Also, we’ll be happy to meet with — and demo MedKaz for — any VA stakeholders or others who’d like to see MedKaz in action.

Thanks again.

Regards,

Merle

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MedKaz FAQs Answer Patient, Provider and Employer Questions

Health Record Corporation’s unique MedKaz personal health record system greatly benefits patients, care providers and employers. A new FAQs section on its MedKaz website, medkaz.com, answers questions they typically ask.

Brownsville, VT (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

Health Record Corporation’s (HRC’s) MedKaz® personal health record system is different from the typical medical record systems care providers keep. Each doctor and hospital maintains their own records about their patients in their own way—some on paper, an increasing number on computers. But they don’t have copies of a patient’s records from the patient’s other providers and they can’t exchange records with other providers—so it’s extremely difficult for them to coordinate their patient’s care. As a result, they often make mistakes that make patients sicker rather than better, order tests their patient already had or doesn’t need, and ask the same questions over and over.

These shortcomings seriously reduce the quality of care the patient receives and make it far more expensive than need be. Also, patients rarely see their records so they can’t correct them if they contain mistakes, and patients don’t have the records or other information they need to participate in their care decisions.

MedKaz changes all this. It is a medical record system for patients. It stores copies of a patient’s records—both paper and electronic—from all their care providers, on a MedKaz Green Drive, a portable device they carry on their key chain, in their wallet or wear. Anytime and anywhere they see a care provider—whether they’re one of their regular providers or someone new, at home or away, they simply give them their MedKaz containing their complete medical record.

When the provider logs on and the patient enters their password, MedKaz opens and the provider can access the patient’s complete medical record from all their providers, both past and present. They can review a current Health Summary waiting for them and, as needed while examining their patient, with only a click or two they can electronically sort, search for and read the patient’s relevant records to understand their conditions and coordinate their care. They or HRC update the patient’s MedKaz following each visit so it is always current.

Commenting on MedKaz and the new FAQs section, Merle Bushkin, HRC Founder and CEO, says “Each party to the health equation—the patient, their providers, or their employer who pays the bills—often makes incorrect assumptions about medical records and the ability of providers to coordinate patient care. And because MedKaz is new and different, they often don’t understand what it is all about or how it directly benefits them. FAQs addresses these erroneous assumptions and answers their questions.

“For example, because patients assume their doctors have all their records, they ask why they need MedKaz. When they learn their doctors don’t have all their records from all their providers and understand that MedKaz is the only system that does, they typically embrace it.

“Similarly, some providers fear that MedKaz will complicate their lives. When they learn it fits into their workflow, works with their current charting system, actually saves them time with each patient and increases their income, they embrace it.

“And employers ask, among other things, how we manage all types of paper and electronic records in the same system when no one else can, how it benefits them, and why they should offer MedKaz as a health/wellness benefit. When they learn it works, directly benefits their employees and, at the same time, directly reduces their insurance costs, they embrace it.

FAQs explains these points—and many more. MedKaz can be purchased on our website or Amazon.com.

About MedKaz and Health Record Corporation:

The patented MedKaz is a revolutionary system that turns the conventional approach to healthcare IT on its head. It puts the patient at the center of their care by aggregating their lifetime medical record in one place, owned and controlled by them, where care providers can access them as needed. MedKaz is the only system that accepts records in all formats from all sources, overcoming record incompatibility; is secure from Internet breaches, easy to use, affordable, and available now; and doesn’t require government subsidies or the construction of extensive electronic networks to exchange records. It lives alongside care providers’ systems, whether paper or electronic, and fits seamlessly into their established workflow, enabling improved quality and coordination of care, elimination of mistakes and unnecessary testing, and cost savings. Medkaz is a product of Health Record Corporation, based in Brownsville, VT.

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The Big Barriers to EHR Interoperability

In the June 17, 2013 issue of “InformationWeek,” reporter Chris Murphy asks Judith Faulkner CEO of EPIC, Jamie Ferguson of Kaiser Permanente and Frank Byrne of Wisconsin’s St. Mary’s Hospital: “what are today’s big barriers to EHR interoperability.”

Not surprisingly, they cited a laundry list of largely technical issues such as the need for data-definition standards, APIs and specialist systems, financial incentives and the lack of provider training.

These, of course, are issues but I submit that they are not the big barriers preventing providers from accessing a patient’s medical record at the point of care.  The two big barriers are myopia and government mandates.

Most legacy vendors, industry insiders, academics and government officials have a limited, myopic objective: “to make all patient records accessible to providers over the Internet.” They have an equally myopic approach to meeting this objective: “every provider must have an EHR/EMR system connected to a health information exchange (HIE).”

They persist down this myopic path even though we all know it doesn’t work.  We’ve spent nine years and more than $15 billion, yet neither civilian nor military providers can exchange patient records electronically or access a patient’s complete medical record at the point of care.

When Senators and members of Congress recently demanded to know why patient records still can’t be exchanged, advocates of this myopic approach urged patience—asserting that everything will work beautifully by 2016.  Given the lack of success to date and the technical, security, privacy and identification problems that remain to be solved, that’s highly doubtful.

Compounding the problem, the sweeping government mandates designed to achieve this myopic objective are, in fact, blocking innovation.  While ONC claims to want innovation, its programs make it almost impossible for new solutions to see the light of day!

The requirements providers must meet to satisfy the government’s massive mandates—that they adopt EMRs, meet MU requirements, connect with HIEs, form ACOs, adopt ICD-10, and so forth, leave providers overwhelmed with no time to consider or evaluate other innovative solutions.  In some cases supervisors have looked at other solutions, know they work but refuse to implement them for fear that doing so will interfere with the government-mandated programs.

So we keep doing the same thing over and over—expecting to eventually get a different result.  Isn’t that one definition of insanity?

Isn’t it time we take off the blinders and look for a different solution—one that works today and will work tomorrow?  We can’t afford not to.  The annual costs of continued delay are staggering.

Each year while vendors are focused on trying to match data fields and providers on trying to comply with massive government mandates, hundreds of thousands of patients are made sicker rather than better and a hundred thousand or so die from medical mistakes.  The human costs are incalculable.  Depending on whose estimate you believe, the financial costs fall somewhere between $100 billion and $330 billion annually!

Since today’s government-mandated solution doesn’t work and many doubt it ever will, what if we adopt a similar-but-different objective: “to make all patient records electronically accessible to providers and patients?” Period.  The differences? This revised objective removes the current requirement that provider records must be exchangeable over the Internet, and it brings the patient into the healthcare equation.

Suddenly, we’re liberated.  We’re free to turn today’s approach upside down! Now, instead of trying to standardize how providers keep records, we can standardize how we manage the disparate records providers keep.

Now we’re free to use technologies other than the Internet to aggregate and manage patient records.  Now we’re free to organize a patient’s records around the patient and give the patient control of them—so they can move with the patient rather than merely follow them.

Now we can be sure a patient’s record is complete, including electronically manageable paper records.  Now this complete record—including such documents as complete progress notes and operative reports, not merely CCDs, other summaries or insurance records—can be accessed in one place.

Now we can satisfy patient security and privacy concerns, avoid patient identification problems, and involve patients in managing their care.

We can do all of these, and more!  This isn’t a pipe dream.  Innovation in healthcare IT is alive albeit on life support.  When we overcome today’s myopia and government mandates preventing new ideas and approaches from surfacing, it will take off!

The fact is we can make a patient’s complete medical record from all their providers electronically available today so providers anytime, anywhere can coordinate their patient’s care, avoid mistakes and unnecessary tests, and practice better medicine.  And we can update it for the patient after they see a provider so it is always current.  Our MedKaz® personal health record system does this and more.

Best of all, we can do these things today, easily and inexpensively.  And soon we’ll be able to automatically send a patient’s record to anyone the patient authorizes, such as other providers, family members, care givers, and others.  Just imagine what this flexibility will mean!

How do we make this happen?  First, we must acknowledge that new solutions can work—perhaps even better than the one we have been pursuing.  Second, we must recognize that the needs of providers and patients drive our healthcare system, and that they hold the keys to success, not vendors, consultants or government.  Third, we must foster innovation and the testing of innovative ideas.

To do this, HHS should institute programs that support innovation, and establish a small department to promote innovation and manage new programs. Several suggested programs follow.

•    First, they should give grants to providers to test innovative solutions, as ONC did with Beacon Communities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation did with OpenNotes.
•    Second, they should stop the clock on MU deadlines and other mandates when a provider tries an innovative approach.
•    Third, they should require all vendors to provide interfaces so innovators and others can integrate with their established systems.
•    Fourth, they should aggressively publicize and promote innovative solutions—taking a similar-but-stronger approach than they are doing with Blue Button.
•    Fifth, they should encourage the DoD and VA to collaborate with HHS; their exchange problems are similar.
•    Finally, when an innovative approach has been tested and proven by providers to work, they should publicize it and push for its quick adoption.

If we take these steps, our self-imposed barriers will fall.  New ideas will get heard and tested.  Providers will be able to access a patient’s complete record when and where they need it to coordinate care, avoid mistakes and unnecessary tests.  Care quality will go up; costs will come down.  Patients will be able to participate in their care decisions.  Insurers, employers and government will enjoy lower healthcare costs.

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MedKaz Is Only System That Enables Military To Share Medical Records

It’s not how care providers keep patient records that matters; it’s how easily they can access a patient’s complete record from all their providers at the point of care. MedKaz is the only system that makes them accessible anytime, anywhere.

Brownsville, VT (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

In February, the Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments stopped trying to develop a single electronic medical record system that would serve all branches of the military and the VA. After spending five years and a billion dollars, they hadn’t developed a system that worked.

Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that DoD would seek proposals from commercial vendors to provide a system that all military services could adopt. In a May 21st Memorandum he wrote: “Providing high–quality healthcare for current members, their dependents, and veterans is among the Nation’s highest priorities. Continuity of care is a key component of quality healthcare, and interoperability between Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) electronic health records is essential to enabling this continuity.“

In a letter to Secretary Hagel yesterday, Merle Bushkin, Founder & CEO of Health Record Corporation, creator of MedKaz, wrote: “With all due respect, it makes no sense to standardize on one of today’s military or commercial systems. The issue isn’t how providers keep patient records. It is if and how easily a provider can access a patient’s complete record from all their providers when and where they see the patient.

“Military care providers cannot access a patient’s complete record today and even if all branches of the military were to use the same system, they wouldn’t be able to tomorrow. That’s because civilian providers treat a large percentage of our 30–plus million warriors, veterans and their dependents, and they use many different commercial systems including paper which are incompatible with one another and with the military’s systems. In addition, if military personnel or their dependents use non–military long–term care, assisted living or post–acute care facilities, their records won’t be compatible either because most of these facilities keep paper records.“

He continued: “both our military and commercial medical record systems are Towers of Babel. It is highly unlikely that we can ever build a national health information exchange that captures a patient’s complete record from all their providers on the fly, that will enjoy 100% provider participation, overcome their disparities and be financially viable. HHS and ONC are trying mightily to do so, but many knowledgeable people think the problems are insurmountable.“

Mr. Bushkin explained that “At Health Record Corporation (HRC) we’ve solved this seemingly intractable problem. We do so by turning the conventional approach on its head. With MedKaz, a patient’s records don’t ’follow’ the patient; they’re with them all the time.

“Instead of trying to standardize how providers keep records, we standardize how we manage them. We turn every provider record, irrespective of how it is created or formatted, into a searchable pdf document any provider can read in a browser.

“And instead of requiring providers to access a patient’s records on the fly via the Internet, we aggregate them from all their providers on a distinctive mobile device, called MedKaz. The patient owns and carries it on their key chain, in their wallet or wears it like a dog tag. It contains their complete record and history plus the application to manage them. It avoids the security, privacy and identification issues plaguing cloud–based systems.”

“When the patient sees a care provider, they give them their MedKaz. It saves the patient from having to fill out the same forms over and over. It saves the provider time. And the provider, as needed, can electronically sort, search and access their patient’s records in only two or three clicks to understand their patient’s issues, treat them, and coordinate their care. This enables them to improve the quality of care, avoid medical mistakes and unnecessary tests, and reduce the cost of care. Either the provider or HRC updates the patient’s MedKaz after each encounter.”

Mr. Bushkin concluded: “The cost to equip each of the 30–plus million people covered by the DOD and VA with their own MedKaz will be less than $5 billion. The annual cost to maintain it and update patient records will be less than $2.5 billion. The benefits in the form of improved coordinated care, reduced pain and suffering, lives saved and lower costs, are incalculable but well worth this cost, as are the benefits that will flow from changes to our healthcare delivery system that MedKaz will make possible.”

He then urged Secretary Hagel to consider adopting MedKaz for our military and suggested we prove its worth by testing it with several thousand military personnel and dependents.


About MedKaz and Health Record Corporation:

The patented MedKaz is a revolutionary system that turns the conventional approach to healthcare IT on its head. It puts the patient at the center of their care by aggregating their lifetime medical record in one place, owned and controlled by them, where care providers can access them as needed. MedKaz is the only system that accepts records in all formats from all sources, overcoming record incompatibility; is secure from Internet breaches, easy to use, affordable, and available now; and doesn’t require government subsidies or the construction of extensive electronic networks to exchange records. It lives alongside care providers’ systems, whether paper or electronic, and fits seamlessly into their established workflow, enabling improved quality and coordination of care, elimination of mistakes and unnecessary testing, and cost savings. Medkaz is a product of Health Record Corporation, based in Brownsville, VT.

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MedKaz Enables Long Term Post-Acute Care Patients to Easily Share Records

Assisted Living and Long Term Care facilities typically do not maintain electronic records and cannot exchange complete patient records with hospitals or other care providers. The solution proposed by presenters in an early April webinar conducted by Health and Human Services, is for these providers to join health information exchanges (HIEs) — which may take years to complete; MedKaz® solves this problem today.

Brownsville, VT (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Many care providers and healthcare IT wonks have finally awakened to the fact that all care providers aren’t required to adopt electronic records or link their records together in a nationwide network as mandated for hospitals and physicians by the HIPAA, Stimulus and Affordable Care Acts. Among the most notable “missing” providers are assisted living, long term and other post-acute care facilities that, together, care for more than 20 million people.

When patients move to or from a hospital, the hospital’s clinicians can’t access patient records from these facilities, and these facilities can’t access the hospital’s records when their resident returns. Unless these patients’ records can be shared, patient records will be incomplete and these “transitions” will continue to cause serious problems for patients.

MedKaz solves this “transition of care” problem simply and easily. The patient owns their MedKaz and when they enter or return from a hospital, they give it to their provider. It contains their up-to-date records from all their care providers and facilities, whether their providers keep paper or electronic records. Providers, in turn, can electronically sort, search and read them, as needed, to ensure a smooth transition from one provider or facility to another. It also gives providers who keep paper records – and this includes most assisted living and long term care facilities – an application called Patient Record Manager (PRM). It’s an EMR-lite that enables them to electronically manage patients’ digitized paper records.

Commenting on this recent “awakening,” Merle Bushkin, Founder and CEO of Health Record Corporation, creator of MedKaz, says: “This is merely another serious flaw in the path we as a country are taking to create a nationwide health information network.”

“The issue isn’t how providers keep patient records or whether data fields match. It’s how they can access a patient’s complete up-to-date record in any format at the point of care. MedKaz is simple, easy to use by all providers and available today.”

“If they can’t access a patient’s complete record because our networking system can’t handle paper records, excludes records from important providers, or can’t ensure that patient records are secure, private and the correct patient’s records, it’s not doing the job and it’s time to look for a better more comprehensive approach – and one that won’t take years to implement! That won’t be easy because the government mandated initiatives have overwhelmed our system and providers, but it’s time we bell the cat! MedKaz is one such system and it works today!”

About MedKaz and Health Record Corporation:

The patented MedKaz is a revolutionary system that turns the conventional approach to healthcare IT on its head. It puts the patient at the center of their care by aggregating their lifetime medical record in one place, owned and controlled by them, where care providers can access them as needed. MedKaz is the only system that accepts records in all formats from all sources, overcoming record incompatibility; is secure from Internet breaches, easy to use, affordable, and available now; and doesn’t require government subsidies or the construction of extensive electronic networks to exchange records. It lives alongside care providers’ systems, whether paper or electronic, and fits seamlessly into their established workflow, enabling improved quality and coordination of care, elimination of mistakes and unnecessary testing, and cost savings. Medkaz is a product of Health Record Corporation, based in Brownsville, VT.

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MedKaz® Is The Newest Corporate Health Benefit. Everyone Wins.

h2>When employers offer MedKaz as a health/wellness benefit, employees enjoy better medical care, better health, fewer mistakes, tests, and sick days. Employers enjoy a happier, healthier work force, less absenteeism, fewer insurance claims, and reduced health insurance costs.

Brownsville, VT (PRWEB) March 30, 2013

Increasingly, employers across the country are offering health/wellness incentives to their employees in an attempt to improve employee health and productivity, and reduce the cost of health insurance. Frequently offered programs include paying employees to stop smoking, lose weight, and enroll in a fitness program at a gym. Some even provide on–site gyms and health clinics.

Health Record Corporation’s (HRC) patented MedKaz personal health record system is a unique solution to the problem of rising healthcare costs. HRC recently announced that it is offering MedKaz to employers to give as an employee benefit. By giving each employee their own MedKaz, employers can attack the problem at the point of care.

Their employee owns and controls the MedKaz and gives it to their care provider anytime, anywhere they require care. It contains copies of all their records — and their dependent family members’ records — from all their providers. When the provider accesses it, they can better understand their patient’s health issues, avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary tests, coordinate their care, and thereby reduce the cost of care. MedKaz is easy to learn and use; providers update it for their patients after each visit. There is no other system like it.

The cost of giving MedKaz to each employee is small; the returns to the employer can be very large. Avoiding a simple blood test or X–ray can have an ROI approximating 100%. Avoiding a CT or MRI scan, a day in the hospital or ICU, can yield an almost infinite return.

Merle Bushkin, HRC Founder & CEO, says ”I understand that MedKaz is new and that employers and their benefit consultants are hesitant because they aren’t familiar with it — but that’s all the more reason they should try it. When they do, they’ll find it to be the most rewarding health/wellness benefit they offer“.

”It unquestionably will save them money and increase productivity, but it will do much more. It will help them improve the health of their employees. That’s not only good business; it will enhance their reputation as a quality employer. It tells the world that they care about their associates“.

“We’re ready to help employers of all sizes in all industries evaluate and adopt MedKaz as a new benefit. And we’re ready to customize a package that meets each company’s unique needs.”


About MedKaz and HRC:

The patented MedKaz is a revolutionary system that puts the patient at the center of their care by aggregating their lifetime medical record in one place, owned and controlled by them, where care providers can access them as needed. MedKaz is the only system that accepts records in all formats from all sources, overcoming record incompatibility; is secure from Internet breaches, easy to use, affordable, and available now; and doesn’t require government subsidies or the construction of extensive electronic networks to exchange records. It lives alongside care providers’ systems, whether paper or electronic, and fits seamlessly into their established workflow, enabling improved quality and coordination of care, elimination of mistakes and unnecessary testing, and cost savings. Medkaz is a product of Health Record Corporation, based in Brownsville, VT.

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“If you want to be sure your providers can access your complete medical record anywhere, anytime, your only option is MedKaz®. No other system comes close!”

“If you’re a provider who wants to improve the quality of care you deliver, avoid medical mistakes and unnecessary tests, and reduce the cost of care, you should embrace MedKaz for your patients.”

Brownsville, VT March 11, 2013

By Merle Bushkin

I’ve just returned from four days in New Orleans where I attended the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference, I’d like to share my observations with you. They’re long but I hope you find them worth reading.

First, it was huge! 35,000 people attended, all involved with healthcare IT – from physicians to hospital executives to government staffers to patient advocates. More than 1,300 vendors showed their stuff in some of the biggest, most elaborate exhibits you can imagine. Two of the four keynote speakers were former President Bill Clinton and Healthcare IT National Coordinator, Farzad Mostashari, MD.

Second, important changes are happening that bode extremely well for healthcare in the US, for Health Record Corporation (HRC) and for our MedKaz® personal health record system (more on this later)!

Third, some background. With healthcare costs skyrocketing to $2.8 trillion, everyone agrees we must do something or healthcare will bankrupt the country.

Most agree that before we can seriously improve care quality and reduce care costs we must improve the flow and exchangeability of patient information. This will enable providers to deliver higher quality care, coordinate care and avoid medical mistakes and unnecessary tests which cause pain, suffering and even death for hundreds of thousands and cost hundreds of billions of dollars annually. It also will make possible a fundamental restructuring of the way healthcare is organized, care is delivered and providers are paid.


In a nutshell, we MUST improve healthcare IT if we want to improve care quality and reduce care costs. There are two aspects to the problem: how providers keep patient records, and how they can access a patient’s complete record at the point of care.

 

Fourth, where we are now. Since the 2009 HITECH Stimulus Act, attention has focused on getting doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic record systems. Accordingly, HIMSS conferences reflected this focus. But by the end of 2012 ONC had made great progress. 64% of healthcare professionals were using EMR systems to some degree, as were 70% of our hospitals. More have signed up. Through Jan 2013, the Federal Government dispensed more than $11.8 billion in subsidies to make this happen!

With this impressive level of EMR adoption, HIMSS13 was the first conference to focus on the second issue, how providers can access a patient’s complete record – and on the related issue of patient involvement in the care process. The keynote speakers were all over these issues as were many physicians attending the educational sessions.

At many educational sessions, physicians kept asking: how can they get access to their patients’ records from other providers. The answers weren’t very satisfying. They revolved around three things. Providers creating portals for their patients to see their records, health information exchanges (HIEs) and Blue Button, a mechanism that allows VA patients to download their records and Medicare patients to download their claims information. They all fall short.

Portals don’t help providers when their patient has one with each of several providers. Providers don’t have time to look at multiple portals or printouts; they want the complete record in one place.

HIEs face almost insurmountable security, privacy and patient identification problems, and they’re not financially sustainable. Few have been built; most don’t work. Records can’t be exchanged.

Blue Button, which is just getting started, doesn’t cover non-Medicare patients and the information it provides for Medicare patients is not the clinical information physicians need and want, such as progress notes and operative, discharge and lab reports.

Indicative of this problem, five leading and fiercely competitive EMR vendors announced that they have formed a consortium to facilitate the exchange of patient records among users of their EMR systems. When I asked the VP Development of one how they were going to solve the hugely difficult patient identification issue, he said they were working on it and hoped to have a solution that was 97% or 98% accurate. Personally, that’s not good enough. I’d be scared to death that they’d mix my records with the records of someone else who has the same name. John Smith, watch out!


Fifth, what does all this mean for HRC and MedKaz? Simply put, HRC’s patented MEDKAZ IS THE ONLY SYSTEM THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM! If you want to be sure your providers can access your complete medical record anywhere, anytime, your only option is MedKaz. No other system comes close!

 

As I’ve said before – and it’s just as true today – MedKaz is the ONLY system that can aggregate a patient’s complete medical record from all their providers, irrespective of how the providers keep their records, whether paper or electronic. It is the ONLY system that can make that complete patient record – including copies of actual progress notes and operative, discharge and lab reports, etc. — available to ANY provider at the point of care, anywhere, anytime, and with only two or three clicks! Period.

So, if you’re a consumer/patient who wants to be sure any care provider you see, whether one of your regular physicians or a new one, at home or in another part of the world, get your MedKaz now! It’s yours. You own and control it. You carry it on your keychain or in your wallet, and you simply give it to any provider you see – and they or HRC update it for you. It’s easy to learn and use, inexpensive, and available today – you don’t have to gamble that something like it may be available in a few years. BTW, MedKaz is just getting started. You can’t imagine the enhancements we have planned!

If you’re a provider who wants to improve the quality of care you deliver, avoid medical mistakes and unnecessary tests, and reduce the cost of care, you should embrace MedKaz for your patients. It takes only a day to master! Moreover, if you sign up as a MedKaz Licensee (it’s free), HRC will actually pay you to update your patient’s MedKaz – so you’ll increase your income and benefit your patients at the same time. A typical PCP can earn more than $25,000 as a MedKaz Licensee!

If you’re a vendor who would like to become our strategic partner and integrate MedKaz with your products or services, give us a call.

Finally, if you’d like to invest in HRC and MedKaz and join us in changing healthcare as we know it, give us a call, too.


This not an offer to buy or sell securities.

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Health Record Corporation Offers MedKaz® as a New Type of Corporate Health/Wellness Benefit—It Improves Healthcare Quality And Reduces Its Cost. Everyone Wins!

When employers offer MedKaz as a health/wellness benefit, employees enjoy better medical care, better health, fewer mistakes, tests, and sick days. Employers enjoy a happier, healthier work force, less absenteeism, fewer insurance claims, and reduced health insurance costs.

Employers giving a MedKaz to their employees is an easy, low cost way to stop the pain and suffering that result from doctors not having access to patient records when they need them, and to stop the hemorrhaging of healthcare and health insurance costs


Brownsville, VT (PRWEB) February 13, 2013

Millions of Americans receive their health insurance and participate in wellness programs as employee benefits paid for by their employers. Accordingly, Health Record Corporation (HRC) has launched a campaign to introduce its unique and revolutionary MedKaz personal health record system to employers to give their employees as a new health/wellness benefit. It solves a serious and costly problem for both, and its returns can be huge.

Doctors rarely have all the information about their patients that they need to provide quality, coordinated care. This frequently results in medical mistakes, considerable pain and suffering, lost work, and unnecessary tests — all of which are costly to both employees and employers. Various studies put the dollar costs at $100 billion to $330 billion per year.

MedKaz is the only system that solves this problem. It puts a patient’s complete medical record in the hands of their doctor when and where they need it. It does so today — simply, easily, inexpensively. The multi–billion dollar government program intended to solve it, can’t today and isn’t scheduled to solve it for several more years, if then.

MedKaz contains copies of a patient’s medical records from all their providers, plus HRC’s patented MedKaz application to manage them. They give it to their doctors anytime, anywhere they need care — at home or away. Their doctors access it to avoid costly medical mistakes, unnecessary tests, and to coordinate their care; they update it after each visit.

Commenting on this new campaign, Merle Bushkin, HRC Founder and CEO, says; “Employers giving a MedKaz to their employees is an easy, low cost way to stop the pain and suffering that result from doctors not having access to patient records when they need them, and to stop the hemorrhaging of healthcare and health insurance costs.”

“The confusion surrounding the enormous changes to healthcare coming under Obamacare has caused many people — including doctors, patients, employers, insurers, government personnel — to take a step back and say ’I’ll wait until the dust settles.’ ”

“We think that’s a huge mistake. MedKaz can put an end today to medical errors, the pain and suffering they cause, and excessive costs. So why wait? It works with any record system today and will tomorrow, too. The benefits abound for both employees and employers! That’s why we’re urging employers to embrace it today.”

“Employees certainly won’t be sorry. They win big. For the first time, they’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing their records are secure and immediately available to any care provider at home or away. And they’ll enjoy better care, better health; fewer mistakes, tests, and sick days; lower costs, and they won’t have to fill out same forms and answer same questions over and over!”

“Employers won’t be sorry either. They win big, too. Their employees will be happier and healthier; productivity will go up; absenteeism will go down; insurance claims will go down and their health insurance costs will go down. The cost of a MedKaz as a benefit is small; the ROI can be huge.”

“We’re looking forward to helping employers of all sizes in all industries adopt MedKaz as a new benefit. We’re ready to design customized programs that meet each company’s unique needs.”


About MedKaz and HRC:

The patented MedKaz is a revolutionary system that puts the patient at the center of their care by aggregating their lifetime medical record in one place, owned and controlled by them, where care providers can access them as needed. MedKaz is the only system that accepts records in all formats from all sources, overcoming record incompatibility; is secure from Internet breaches, easy to use, affordable, and available now; and doesn’t require government subsidies or the construction of extensive electronic networks to exchange records. It lives alongside care providers’ systems, whether paper or electronic, and fits seamlessly into their established workflow, enabling improved quality and coordination of care, elimination of mistakes and unnecessary testing, and cost savings. Medkaz is a product of Health Record Corporation, based in Brownsville, VT.

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