A Health Card for Bexar County
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
April 25, 2002

As your County Commissioner, I am asking our University Health System (UHS) to continue its tradition of leadership by initiating and pursuing the idea of a Health Card.  As I envision it, the Health Card would significantly advance the medical treatment of patients and assist medical professionals to understand patients' medical conditions.  Much like our credit cards, the card will store a confidential code for accessing critical patient medical information on its magnetic strip.  This code will be able to link the care provider with an Internet site containing a comprehensive array of vital patient information.  Again, this will be for use only by medical professionals and the patient.

It is against a history of excellence that UHS will develop this breakthrough advancement in medical care to provide vital information immediately.  This technology will also serve doctors, nurses and patients in situations not involving emergencies. 

Some of the kinds of critical information helpful to doctors attempting to treat patients, especially in emergencies are histories and recent data relative to:

  1. General and specific patient medical history
  2. Allergies
  3. Blood Pressure
  4. Cholesterol
  5. Diseases of the patient
  6. STD/HIV
  7. Tuberculosis
  8. Diabetes
  9. Existing use of prescription drugs

Finally, the "Health Card" will also allow the people of Bexar County who have the "Health Card" to more readily prevent health problems by tracking and monitoring more closely, their own health indicators including the regularity of doctor, dental and other health care provider visits.  Some of the kinds of information patients may wish to monitor are:

  1. Weight
  2. Immunizations
  3. Oral Health Exams
  4. Breast Exams
  5. Mammograms
  6. Pap Smears
  7. Testicular exams
  8. Physical Activity
  9. Nutrition

As recipient of back-to-back awards from U.S. News and World Report's, "Top 50 Hospitals in America", the University Health System is well suited to lead the way to implementing this break-through technology to better and more efficiently serve our community.  I am proud to help lead this process as County Commissioner.

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