On a previous post from Mary, she suggested putting medical records on a USB. I thought it was a great idea so I'm starting this post with many thanks to her. :)
You could attach the USB to your keychain or easily keep it in your handbag.
I already have two USB's full of my research and medical journal articles relating to coronary artery spasm, but it never hit me to put my medical records on one, too! I currently have 3-ring binders w/tabs to store my hard copies of my medical records along with the CDs from all my caths. I also plan to put the films of the four caths I've had on it, too.
Name and date files accordingly. EKGs, Cath Reports, Lab Reports, Hospital Records, Office Visit Reports, etc.
I've had troubles with doctors either not reading my medical records, or the medical records not being accessible or complete when I have been hospitalized. Granted, in an emergency situation they start with the "here and now," but there is every good reason they may need patient history to make some decisions to improve health outcomes of heart patients whether for immediate or on-going treatment.
Contrary to my mother's belief, you are allowed access to your medical records! Just sign the privacy form and reason for need of records (I just write "for continued care"). Some doctor offices/institutions just hand them over with no charge or questions. I was surprised how easy it was to get CDs of all my caths and echos with no charge and a smile. On the other hand, some hospitals have guard dogs in the medical records department and are sure to charge me for copies and question why I need them.