-Quotes from the Director of Health Information Management, Saint Vincent’s In order to transfer the medical information of a patient may take up to "6 weeks". If a patients want to get his (her) medical history documents, he (she) has to pay "75 cents per page". Patients need to complete a stack of documents.
-Quotes from the Paramedic, Saint Vincent’s Almost "1/8" of patients I get are "unconscious". If a patient is unconscious in emergency, it takes time to search his (her) personal belongings to get some medical information. If I can’t find the information, there is "no way to know" what kind of allergy or chronic disease does he (she) have.
It is too hard to transfer the medical history of a patient from past doctor to the new doctor. When a patient is unconscious in an emergency, it is extremely hard for paramedics to know about the medical information of the patient. "MEDEXACT" is a "portable" and "affordable device" with a "standardized system" that provides "accurate and immediate medical history of a patient" through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.