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Medical records accessible via cell phone

NEWTON, Pa., July 9 (UPI) -- Patients can now access their medical records via a quick glance at their cell phones, a U.S. technology company said Monday.

CapMed, a division of Bio-Imaging Technologies, said it has acquired technology making cell phone-based medical records possible. The patent-pending system is called ICE First, developed by Juke Systems Inc. based in Darien, Conn.

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CapMed said the technology is compatible with a number of cell phone systems including Nokia, Palm, Blackberry, Motorola, LG and Samsung, and eventually, Apple's iPhone.

Using the technology, consumers can "store routine and emergency medical information and contact numbers in their cell phones and easily update the information through a Web site database, www.ICEFirst.com, accessible from any computer," the company said.

"The ability to access up-to-date health information from cell phones will go a long way toward improving consumers' interactions with physicians and clinicians and with the entire healthcare system," said Keith Buckley, president and CEO of Juke Systems.

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