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The Future is Now! – Who’s The Doctor?
Friday, February 25, 2011 | Patrick Rhone

We live in the future. Here is some proof.

My Mom does not live here but, recently having suffered a stroke, has come to stay temporarily as we have one of the top stroke treatment centers in the world here in Minnesota. Yesterday we visited the neurologist on her case for the first time. After the regular pleasantries were exchanged, the doctor mentioned that he had not yet received her medical records from Iowa where she was formerly being treated.

“No problem,” said my mother, “If I can use your computer I can pull them up for you.”

And she did exactly that. Went to her University of Iowa healthcare account, found the records in question, and printed them out right there in his office on the desktop laser printer. The doctor then had all he needed to proceed.

Without the access and system for those records she has through her University health program, her records would literally be scattered across the country with her team of therapists, neurologists, ENTs and others scrambling around trying to gather everything together. The power of someone who has had that kind of event to walk into an office and be able to print on demand any information they need is immeasurable.

The future is now.

Patrick Rhone is a Technology Consultant, Writer, Editor, and Curator. Read his original post and more at

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