Where and how you store your medical history is a personal decision. Consider access, privacy, and emergency preparedness when you weigh the benefits of relying on a hard copy and or electronic file. Do you have a personal safe or rent a safe deposit box? Does your emergency contact have a current copy? Your personal physician? First step, compile and organize the information. Second step, copy and store the information in ways that suit your needs. Have someone review it for accuracy and completeness.
Whether it is for you or a loved one it is important to organize your medical history, have it readily accessible, and stored safely. The advantages of this are that over time we cannot rely solely upon memory. An organized medical history may include past and present information about: Medications, vitamins, supplements Dates and results of examinations, vaccinations Dates of surgical procedures A list of medical providers, drug stores and their contact information