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Portable Personal Medical History File

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088333D
Original Publication Date: 1977-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Comeau, LW: AUTHOR

Abstract

A credit-card-sized personal medical history record is shown. The owner's photograph and human readable identification and emergency information appear on the front of the card. A high density digitally readable magnetic strip is also provided on the front of the card to contain similar identification and particular condition information.

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Portable Personal Medical History File

A credit-card-sized personal medical history record is shown. The owner's photograph and human readable identification and emergency information appear on the front of the card. A high density digitally readable magnetic strip is also provided on the front of the card to contain similar identification and particular condition information.

Treatment history data is kept on the reverse side of the card which is provided with an appropriate electro-optical storage medium. The electro-optical area enables maintenance of major medical history events by microphotographic storage of printed, as well as graphic, data. Text reports, X-rays, strip charts and the like are stored in free format. Each entry, however, is accompanied by a visually interpretable date.

Such a personal history card has many advantages, the most significant of which is the capability for source update. The card may be used as the input/output medium of a system including suitable reader, transcriber, and viewer apparatus. Such a system eliminates the need for central data banks with their inherent disadvantages.

The equipment used for reading and updating the card is such that hospitals, clinics and even private physicians may easily utilize it to provide a permanent record of prescribed treatment/medication and patient response. As a result, each new physician has ready access to information necessary for prompt, effective diagnosis and treatment.

The magneti...