Why I Created MyMedicInfo

I’ve been a physician assistant for 25 years.  I have worked in family medicine, internal medicine, addiction medicine, and orthopedic surgery.  I have seen patients struggle with remembering the specific names or doses of their medication.  I know the questions your health care providers ask when you see them in the clinic, urgent care, emergency room, hospital, and ambulances.  I’ve seen patients in agony trying to answer my questions when they had migraines, chest pain, abdominal pain, or shortness of breath.

When the encouragement from changing from paper charts to electronic medical records developed, it was sold to us as ways to improve patient care.  There would be fewer medical errors, better communication, and improved outcomes for patients.  Over the years, the government enforced electronic medical records by reducing medicare reimbursements year after year on those hospitals and clinicians who did not use electronic medical records.

Your medical information is encrypted and protected on those web servers.  However, all of your medical treatments and information are probably on different systems.  If you have a primary care physician, a cardiologist, and an endocrinologist, the odds that they are all on the same electronic medical system is low.  To get access to all of that data is cumbersome and often complicated.  MyMedicInfo simplifies access to your medical history by using Trusona for user authentication and no password to remember.   Plus, you control your medical information—highly sensitive and confidential information you can omit.  For example, if you have a history of a sexually transmitted infection, simply skip that information.  An emergency room physician or paramedic is more interested in your allergies, medications, and what diagnosed conditions you have.  MyMedicInfo will enhance your medical care.

As a health care provider who has worked in a variety of clinics and environments, I can get frustrated with the technology intended to make things better.  I’ve worked at a hospital where the health care providers had to take classes to use the hospital’s electronic medical records.  Health care electronic systems should not be so complicated that you have to take classes to navigate through them.

I developed this website to keep your information secure.  It has three levels of security.  First, it has the highest level of SSL encryption available.  A firewall is frequently scanning and preventing unauthorized access: Additionally, it uses a password-free two-factor authentication login to verify your identity.  The service does not allow a user to upload files to protect the website.  I know that with any medical care, you need to trust the people involved to protect your information and promote your health. 

You probably have received medical treatment from a physician assistant.  You know they are highly skilled, knowledgable practitioners.  I am proud of my career and my chosen profession.  Physician Assistants are sometimes called patient advocates.  We have a reputation for explaining complex medical terms in a way that is easier to understand.  We have a reputation of spending more time with patients, especially when doctors are pressured for their time.  Physician Assistants tend to be thorough in their evaluations and have a high rate of patient satisfaction.

I’ve included a link to a video clip of one of my recent discussions on the COVID pandemic. Watch it if you want to learn more about me.  I want to earn your business.  I wish you wellness and continued excellence in medical care as you interact with professionals in the future.

We are all interconnected and must do our part to prevent COVID 19 spread.

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If you didn’t believe before that we are all interconnected, I am confident you believe it now.

One new viral infection has led to a pandemic.  While pandemics are not new, it is new for most of us in the United States.  Few of us were alive in 1918 when the Spanish flu affected the world.  And if you were here at that time, it is highly unlikely that you even remember it.  If you are now age 105, you would have been age 3 or 4 during the Spanish flu.

I’ve heard many people say, “it is like we are living in a sci-fi movie”. If you would have asked me two months ago, that most flights overseas are grounded, that major sporting events canceled, that nonessential businesses would be closed, and physical distancing measures be implemented,  I would have stated that it is impossible.  However, that is the reality.  If you are among the percentage of people who believe the outbreak to be a hoax, try to not deny what is happening.  Denial will trick you into thinking you will not get sick or the virus does not have any direct impact on you.  Denial will allow you to not follow the recommendations of specialists and experts who understand how pandemics work and are advocating to save lives.  Even if you never get exposed to COVID 19 virus, the implications of this virus have already changed societies and will continue to do so.  For some of us in minor ways, for some of us in tragic ways.

Now is not the time to place blame on other countries.  Now is not the time to blame politicians.  It is not the time for political figures to point blame at travelers, nursing home health care administrators, etc. Blaming one another for this crisis is not allowing us to work cooperatively to solve new problems.  If scientists and experts recommend guidelines on how to move forward, they are the experts who we need to be listening to.  We are still learning about how the virus spreads, infects, and how to medically treat it so we can save lives.  Until more effective treatments are discovered, prevention is your best medicine.  Our world has been through pandemics before and we should learn from the past.  Many have used the lesson learned with two cities during the Spanish Flu that took two different approaches to fight the spread.  Our country is doing similar things.  Every state is making local decisions.  While each location has its own unique circumstances, we will look back at what we did right and what we did wrong.  We just have not seen anything on this grand of a scale for quite some time.  It is my opinion that it is not wise to compare it to the H1N1 virus of 2009, SARS, MERS, or Ebola.  Each of those viruses had a unique impact on the world.  The Spanish Flu of 1918 is probably the best pandemic to compare it to, however, even that was influenza and this is a coronavirus.  We should not compare apples and oranges.  Another parable is that of the blind men and elephant.  We need to listen to experts.  Listen to the infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists, historians, and professors.   

There are times to be offensive and there times to be defensive.  If you want to be successful and win the game, a team works together and knows when to be offensive and knows when to be defensive.  These are lessons we are taught early in life.  The consequence of not winning this war on this virus can have a vast toll on us.  We are in this together.  At some point, medical professionals and/or scientists will find successful treatment and in the process save millions of lives.  Yes, millions. If we do not listen to the experts, we will continue to see sad and difficult days ahead.  We have no idea how long that will be.  You have to do your part.  Now is the time to play defense.   Even if you live in a remote part of the world and do not get exposed to the virus, you can show your support by leading by example.  Stay home.  Rural areas have cases.  No one is immune to a new virus.

Please follow the recommendations of the CDC.  The only recommendation I do not agree with by the CDC is the one that healthy people do not need masks.  I understand the importance of first responders and health care providers to have masks.  Yet, people have the right to protect themselves.  Plus, even if you do not have a mask to wear – consider wearing a bandana over your mouth and nose.  In my observation and opinion, South Korea has been more effective at reducing the spread of the COVID virus.  I read that 70% of the population has been wearing masks over their nose and mouth when they are out in public.  We should be doing the same.  When we do go out for groceries or to the pharmacy, wear a protective mask or bandana. If it is being recommended for those health care professionals who are treating the infected, the same guidelines apply to you to protect yourself from the virus.  You still should try to stay six feet away from others in addition to the other guidelines.  Keep in mind, not all people who are sick will be staying home.  To complicate matters, some infected people may not have symptoms and are unintentionally spreading the virus.

Hope.  The FDA has allowed the ability to begin using antibodies of infected individuals who recovered as a way to treat the severely ill in New York.  I heard today that the virus is not mutating easily.  This is good news.

Some people, like Jahova Witness believers, may not agree to this form of treatment.   Yet, for those who want it, it is a way to possibly defeat the virus and save lives.  Other measures are being discussed and will be attempted.  Until we have an effective treatment, continue to play defense.

Updated 3/25/2020 at 12:14 pm EST

Local reports show devastating impact of COVID 19 in the United States

Reports from around the country: those with comments after the state are noteworthy reads

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona Overdose from self medicating.

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut One party in early March finds half of the guests got infected.

Delaware

Florida Doctors are starting to see a high number of people presenting to emergency rooms in south east counties in the state.

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho Emergency room physician shares his thoughts.

Illinois First known COVID-19-related infant death in US

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky Amazon warehouse performs deep cleaning.

Louisianna High jump in deaths overnight.

Maine

Massachusetts

Maryland Majority of cases in Maryland are under the age of 65.

Michigan

Minnesota Rural hospitals attempt to prepare for COVID patients.

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana 6000 workers file for unemployment.

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey Timeline of the outbreak.

New Mexico Air Force base has 3 confirmed cases.

New York. Emergency Room doctor states 90% of those presenting to the emergency room have COVID symptoms.

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio In one county, half of the cases are in people aged 20-39.

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee Second death from COVID in Tennessee.

Texas Former Texas A&M guard David Edwards dies from coronavirus.

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington Husband and wife die 2 days apart, both from coronavirus-19

West Virginia Trouble getting tested in West Virginia explains why it was the last state in the country to confirm a positive result.

Wisconsin

Wyoming Trouble getting tested despite symptoms.

Updated 3/28/2020 at 10:28 pm EST

Why have a medical app?

Be your own advocate.

It was Bette Davis who infamously quipped: “Old age isn’t for sissies.” And boy was she right! These days, navigating the world of healthcare can seem like climbing a mountain to get what you need. Yet, it’s not just the elderly who suffer with accumulating health concerns, medications and allergies. All of us at one time or another become consumers of healthcare.  Were you born in a hospital?  You became a consumer of health care as soon as you entered this world!! As a consumer of health care, you do your part to pick competent health care professionals.  You trust them to provide quality care.  Now you can prepare for your future visits and improve your communication with health care professionals with MyMedicInfo.

We all hope that we are able to avoid health problems and unexpected accidents. Inevitably, the numbers say that it has to happen to someone. If that someone is you, you should be prepared. If a health incident befell you, how could you be sure that the EMTs and medical staff would know what medications you take and what allergies you have when the ambulance arrives? Since many of us are unprepared for this situation, the best the medical staff can do is guess. Do you really want others giving you medicine or treatment if they don’t know what prescriptions you are already taking?  Many people, with known medical conditions and allergies, wear medical alert jewelry, such as a medical alert bracelet. Not a bad start, but in this day and age, we could certainly do much better.

Introducing MyMedicInfo!

Enter MyMedicInfo. Imagine if you could keep all of your basic yet critical medical information in one place. Those medical facts could easily be amended, updated or deleted as needed. You could access your vital medical information from any computer, anywhere in the world. MyMedicInfo is your pertinent health facts. On the app is an image of the Rod of Asclepius, which depicts a snake wrapped around a rod, and is known as the symbol for medicine.

Thus, it serves a similar purpose to a medical bracelet. In the aforementioned scenario of an accident or negative health event, EMTs, doctors, and/or medical technicians can learn of your current medications, allergies, conditions and much more. All of this key data compiled on your hand held app, now that is peace of mind!

MyMedicInfo is an affordable way of being an advocate for yourself in the event of unforeseeable injuries, health events or accidents. The best person to communicate your health needs is you. Empower yourself and be an advocate of proper medical treatment in the event of an unforeseeable health problem.  Being prepared for the next unexpected or scheduled health care encounter will decrease your odds of a preventable medical error.

Get started with the MyMedicInfo app today.  The service is free and you can upgrade at any time for premium features.  Make a smart move and prepare for tomorrow.  The benefits can be as minor as having a more satisfying medical encounter with your doctor to as crucial as saving your life!