OT How long is it going to take before everyone uses the same forms?

I was at the doctor today. I had been there before so I did not have to do any new forms, but the woman in the lobby had to, and she was hard of hearing. She had her son with her and he was reading the form to her very loudly.
Him: Have you had a colonoscopy recently? Her: No, but I did have that hemroid operation a few years back. Him: Any gynecologic problems?
Anyway.....................the point is, there should be a standard form for medical history.
There should be a standard form for contact information. It should be a single 8x11 sheet and it should be used by everyone on the planet.
You should be able to include it with a job application or a doctor's visit or a passport or green card or food stamps or school form or for anything else you need to supply your address for.
Then, you need a "standard" form for medical/dental history. One for work experience. One for financial information.
Whether or not you choose to furnish any or all of this information, the point is, the form should be the same for everyone on the planet.
Then......you can keep a secure form of each of these standard forms and you should be able to email, fax, snail mail or upload to their secure web page.
It is so inefficient to have to fill out the same info over and over and over and over.
I have had to furnish financial information before and the amount of info I furnished varied greatly on what I supplied to who, but the form should be the same. If I send it in blank, it should still be the same form.
There could be a Wikiforms and let offices collaborate on what the standard form should look like.
States could even have a Wikiform for "Last Wishes and Final Arrangements" "Advanced medical directives"
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How would a woman answer that????????
By the way, the last time mine lasted more than 4 hours, it received a medallion and a blue ribbon from the National Erection Center of America. (NECA).
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On Nov 2, 8:44 pm, snipped-for-privacy@myplace.com wrote:

Yes - it was the best night of my life and I'm sorry he's gone.
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It already exists. It is called 8.5 x 11 paper.
If you have a computer, use your word processor or text editor and type a brief medical history. Type out the medications you take. Hand it in.
If you don't have a computer, write it out on a lined pad. Get some copies made. Hand it in.
If you have health issues, it is a good idea to carry a copy with you "just in case". If you are in a situation needing medical care, it is a big help.
When my wife was in the hospital (four times last year) she had copies and gave them to the various doctors that came in to see her. Every one said "this is great".
Be proactive and do it. It can save your life.

Some have them already. The hospital my wife goes to has it on file and any doctor can access it if needed. Ask about the proxy form.
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If I'm not mistaken, the feds are already requiring the portability of medical records, so you can probably ask all of your doctors for digital copies of all of your records and carry it around on a cd/dvd or flash drive
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On 11/03/11 01:01 am, Malcom "Mal" Reynolds wrote:

But the information may still be laid out differently on different providers' forms, and some might want information that is not on other providers' forms.
A TV program a few years ago about health care around the world showed the medical ID/insurance card used in Taiwan: they swipe the card and immediately know your whole medical history and the meds you are taking. Get out of the dark ages, USA.
Perce
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and health care in Taiwan is provided by the gov't so it's no surprise
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On Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:04:38 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"

In our case, if we use a doctor in the Fallon Clinic, they have all that information readily available to them. Does not matter what doctor, specialist, building, they just go to the computer.
If that doctors puts you in the hospital though, they are prevented by privacy laws to have the two computer networks talk to each other. Some of the doctors have offices in the same complex.
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On 11/3/2011 5:52 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

everything will be available to anyone. The real reason medical records are being computerized. I mentioned this to my Dr. and he agreed with me. He said he will have to do as he is told to do...by the Govt.
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He's not alone. So will everyone else.
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The obvious solution is subcutaneous RFID chips embedded at birth.
All initial medical data, such as the infant's Apgar score, birth weight, etc. would be programmed onto the chip and updated every time the person went to the doctor's office, hospital, etc. throughout their entire life.
All data would be stored in the cloud and accessible by all medical facilities across the globe, including first responders in emergency situations.
As soon as you walked into a medical facility the tag would be read and the data would be available to the staff.
The tags would also monitor your ongoing health and update your information between visits. The GPS chip would record your travels so the data would include the fact that you had traveled outsde of your home country and possibly into risky locations.
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On 11/2/2011 5:13 PM, Metspitzer wrote:

all circumstances. I can see a a modular standardized history, consisting of a form relevant for a general pediatrician and/or family practitioner and then specific modules for each Board recognized specialty. The specialist is going to want and need a lot more information pertaining to medical conditions in that specialty area.
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