Knowledgeable medical tourists are fast applying the latest information technology and substituting cumbersome hard copies of health records with portable gizmos which comprehensively illustrate their complete medical history to doctors overseas. This technology not only oversees diagnostic test records, past disorders or therapies undertaken but also aids in prescribing complex follow-up treatment or physical rehabilitation, back home.
Microsoft has pioneered the technology of portable medical records through a service called Microsoft HealthVault, which helps patients worldwide create HealthVault accounts for storing their medical history and vital clinical records that hospitals all over the world can access online. Health providers and agencies like Bumrungrad and Aetna have collaborated with Microsoft HealthVault in this initiative.
But transfer or electronic communication of medical particulars need not always be dependent on the web or internet. Portable medical records can also be carried using portable storage devices, which need little or no internet facility. Examples of such plug-in storage devices are: ViRec™ and Med Records to Go™. Advancements in computer applications also make use of integrating streaming media technology that converts EMR records into XML documents with fields that can be integrated into streaming videos. Other techniques used for supervision and transfer of medical information include a portable medical device and a medical records registration (MRR) system for handling and transferring medical information.