Albert Davies was medical director of the intensive-care unit at the Methodist Hospital, Houston, when Tropical Storm Allison decimated the Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in 2001, virtually wiping out an entire paper-based medical-records system.
Four years later, Hurricane Katrina sent thousands of people from Louisiana and Mississippi to Houston, where many sought medical care. But some of those patients' medical records at hospitals and doctor's offices back home had been destroyed by Katrina.
During the time between those two disasters, Davies left Methodist to set up a Houston-based company called PatientCentral Technologies and began working on developing an online medical records system that, unlike most other similar electronic databases, would be controlled by the patient.
The result is MyHealthArchive.com, which he recently launched.
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