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November 22, 1995

Surfing the Internet for Patient Information: The Personal Clinical Web Page

Author Affiliations

The Toronto Hospital Toronto, Ontario

JAMA. 1995;274(20):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530200022023

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Abstract

To the Editor.  —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

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