The MediStori is Your  Personal Health Organiser

12What is the MediStori?

The MediStori is a paper based personal health organiser. It helps you keep all of you and your loved ones your health records in one unit, as opposed to being stuck in a press somewhere in the kitchen! It’s design is also wonderfully simple – while helping store all of those hospital letters, medical cards & prescriptions it also helps  you record & manage your own/your loved ones medications, health records, symptoms for diagnosis or even questions & answers you may have for your doctor. We’ve all at some stage noted the time we took or gave medications – and if you’ve children, it might have only been for the simple “Paracetemol, 10 ml at 10am!”

Watch our short demonstration video below:

So, what’s inside the MediStori?

Click on each tab below for information on each section.

1 x Personal Health Record Booklet

  • Personal Contact Details (Phone; address; next of kin; health professional details; medical card no’s etc. )
  • Significant Medical History (Chronic long-term illnesses; past accidents/ operations; devices etc. )
  • Personal Care Guidelines (Such as fears, risks, likes, dislikes, comforts etc. )
  • Allergies/Reactions (Medications, foods; cosmetics etc. )
  • Vaccinations (Childhood & Adult) Infectious Diseases (Chicken Pox, TB, Measles etc. )
  • Medical Investigations (MRI’s, X-rays, Bloods etc. ) On-going Illnesses (Note antibiotics, diagnosis etc. )
  • Outpatient Appointments (Questions & answers for doctor; care plans)
  • Family Medical Tree ( Note parents, siblings, other family members medical history)
  • Birth Record (Note parents health prior to pregnancy & all notes about baby including memories)
  • Developmental Records (Growth charts; “the first time” developments etc. )
  • Optical, Hearing & Dental Records (Eye tests, hearing tests, visits to dentist or orthodontist)
  • Social & Living (Keep track of other aspects in life such as education, employment, holistic therapies)
  • Stores yours or your loved ones past medical history Important to have information in emergency situations
  • Can be very helpful for accurate & speedy diagnosis
  • Can decrease readmissions & retesting
  • Can be used from birth or can be started at any age
  • Extra booklets can be added, for each family member
  • Each booklet has 52 pages which include space for you to add information about you or your loved one

1 x Medicine Diary (Memo)

  • A daily management diary for all medications, for you or your loved one
  • Easier to remember when and if you have taken/given your medications
  • No need to rewrite medications over & over again due its simple, innovative design
  • Log doses, times, requirements & information about your medications
  • Easier for everyone in the home to see what medications were taken/given

1 x Emergency Household Booklet

  • Allows the parent/patient write down directions to their house from where the nearest ambulance would arrive
  • This information is extremely important to have if a babysitter/carer is in an emergency situation and they need to guide a paramedic to the scene quickly (also good to have if a child had to ring them & the adult was the person in trouble)
  • This booklet also allows a parent/guardian write down any possible medical risks for people in the house in which a carer/sitter may need guidance with quickly.
  • Information about the symptoms and/or where to find the location of emergency medications (e.g. inhalers/ adrenalin pens etc. ) is put here along with contact details of parents & sitter.
  • There are pages in this booklet to help you remember such things as neighbours phone numbers; health professional contact details; hospital/holiday bag check lists and so on.
  • Combined, it just makes life easier to manage, in times of stress.

1 x My Medical Diary

  • This pre-lined diary is to help you write down anything you want to remember to tell your GP/ health professional.
  • It has space for questions & answers and is essential in times where you may be finding it difficult to cope with a diagnosis or even get a diagnosis.

1 x Appointment Calendar

  • This small but simple calendar allows you to track medical appointments along with everyday stuff such as birthdays, extra curricular and so on – it can be helpful to see at a glance, when you were last at your hospital 7 you can write notes about how it went.

5 x Storage Wallets

  • These wallets are specially designed to help store important information, that all too often is hard to find, when we need it most!
  • Medical/Insurance Cards
  • Most Recent Prescriptions
  • Medical Receipts
  • Discs/Reports/Scans/MRI’s
  • Hospital/GP Correspondence
  • Photos of Birthmarks/Rashes

There is also an extra storage pocket at the back to leave information leaflets from charities/ organisations regarding your diagnosis.

Design of MediStori

The MediStori Folder and Diaries have been designed to help remind you to keep track of medications and so on.

The folder itself has two straps in which you can link into each other to allow the folder to free stand – this can be helpful for carers, babysitters or nurses so as they can see the information to hand.

The Medicine Memo can also be hung up, like a wall calendar, to help remind you to take/give medications.

Who Needs It?

You don’t have to be sick to use a MediStori – it can be used for a baby from birth or it can be started at any age. The Medistori can work for just about anyone but those who will most benefit will probably be those who are caring for or suffering from chronic illnesses such as:

  • Stroke/Heart Disease
  • Hypertension/Cholesterol
  • Diabetes (Type 1 & Type 2)
  • Arthritis (All types)
  • Complex Care
  • Cancer/Benign Tumours
  • Depression/Mental Health
  • Asthma/Allergies
  • Skin Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Rare Diseases
  • Ear, Nose, Throat Issues
  • Chronic Pain/Fatigue
  • Multiple Chronic Conditions

Chronic illnesses such as these can be disabling & trying to manage all appointments, medications & information can just add to the stress you’re already under. 

The MediStori ensures you can have that information to hand, exactly when you need it.

What is Unique about the MediStori?

  • It has been developed by patients, carers & health professionals together –See recommendations here
  • You don’t have to be sick to use it – it can be used from birth onwards, or started at any age – it’s all about being proactive, not reactive!
  • It aims to focus on the individual needs of a person, and does not focus on just the disease.
  • Different members of the family can use the same folder as there are separate booklets for each family member.
  • A patient/carer with multiple illnesses can keep different diaries in it, specific to their needs.
  • It can help break down any confusion or communication barriers with health professionals
  • The whole system can stand on it’s own & the Memos can be hung to help make it habit forming