The National Digital Medical Archive (NDMA) Wednesday announced a substantial upgrade to its consumer portal service myNDMA release 2.0. The organization has eliminated the fee-for-storage subscription-based program and now provides free on-demand, unlimited access and unlimited storage capacity for their electronic health records and digital medical images for their personal use.
The NDMA collects, manages, stores, and retrieves digital images and related data for physicians and patients. This centralized repository supports the healthcare industry’s movement toward building a national infrastructure for the sharing of medical information, the organization said.
To achieve widespread adoption of a personal health record by consumers, myNDMA will be made available to employers and health insurers and be offered to employees, encouraging employee participation.
Among new features to be introduced in myNDMA release 2.0 is the ability for patients to have unlimited space to securely upload and store their digital medical images and electronic health records at no cost. Some of the features include:
- Dashboard identifying medical records currently stored in the NDMA;
- Ability to upload and store actual medical records and digital medical images; and
- Digital Mammography Facility Locator tool
“Many studies have been conducted to determine whether patients will use a PHR and have demonstrated that there is a significant population who wish to manage their own personal health information,” said Diane Hockstein, NDMA vice president, marketing.
“Utilization has been slow due to two primary barriers: (1) the efforts required to populate the PHR; and (2) the costs associated in creating a PHR,” said Hockstein. “myNDMA has made a significant advance towards reducing both barriers by pre-populating patient data and totally eliminating the cost factor. Creating the connection between the live medical content stored in the NDMA, along with the information contained in myNDMA, enables patients to maintain access of their complete medical record with minimal effort and no cost,” she added.