Weathering Hurricane Isaac: health care lessons learned from Katrina

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | September 11, 2012

Patient responsibility

Patients also have a role to play, Dooling said. They should consider creating a personal health record -- first by contacting their different providers to request health information, gathering it together, and then using what they have to develop a PHR. They can then use one of several vendors to create a PHR account accessible online. (More information can be found here:

However, people should probably still carry something more low-tech on their person, in the event of an emergency -- such as a list of medications, allergies or other pertinent info on a card in their wallets, Dooling suggested.

"Most likely you'll have your wallet with you if you have to evacuate," she said.

Read DOTmed News' August report on how to get your health care facility prepped for a disaster.

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