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—Access to emergency medical information (allergies, summaries of past hospital admissions, old electrocardiograms, and the like) is often required when travelers are admitted to a hospital far from home. The need for such information is likely to be especially strong when a patient is unconscious at the time of hospital entry, such as might occur following a head injury or stroke. This problem has been addressed to some extent by the Medic Alert System, which provides a very limited amount of clinical information as an inscription on a bracelet (or other device), with a telephone number to call where further information is available.Another possibility exists, however. As many readers with Internet experience know, home pages on the World Wide Web have become a common way to organize information on the Internet. Since many of these Web pages are private and require password access, this same approach
Doyle DJ. Surfing the Internet for Patient Information: The Personal Clinical Web Page. JAMA. 1995;274(20):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530200022023