When you travel be sure to take your life with you

    OTTAWA, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - La Vie Health Centre in Kanata, Ontario,
has unveiled an international first in health care.
    Its unique My Life is in My Hand program enables people to carry their
health records with them, whether they're visiting the corner store or
travelling thousands of kilometres from home.
    Since 2007, La Vie, under the direction of Dr. Hassan Sannoufi, MD, CCFP,
has been a leader in preventive medicine. Also known as risk reduction, the
centre's approach is to work with patients to maintain good health and to
reduce or eliminate the threat of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other
    Now La Vie through its My Life is in My Hand program is offering
patients, for the first time, a portable personal health file that may be
given in case of emergency to any healthcare unit anywhere in the world.
    Their entire, up to date, health profile will be found on a USB Card, the
size of a credit card, which may be plugged into any computer in any country
and on all continents. In virtually seconds the medical personnel who are
tending to a patient will have that person's past and current medical
information at their fingertips.
    As a result, doctors will be able to make faster and more accurate
    The latest information about a patient's health will be installed on the
USB Card by the La Vie team of experts led by Dr. Sannoufi. The service will
cost $300 and include a 45-minute session with a nurse who will conduct a
variety of medical tests. The USB Card will show test results from complete
blood testing, ECG (at rest), complete medical profile which includes detailed
information about the patient's family history and risk stratification, vitals
and body measurements, and in-body nutrition analysis. The final stage
includes a physician review and recommendations based on each medical profile
and in accordance with the most recent medical guidelines.
    The USB Card has the entire vital medical information that acts as base
line health data to allow doctors to access a patient's cumulative vital
medical profile and make proper and rapid therapeutic medical decisions, says
Reham Sannoufi, Executive Director of La Vie Health Centre.
    "This mobile and cost effective tool allows the easy interaction between
healthcare units in a way that allows doctors to make a faster and more
accurate decision about what's needed."
    In addition to offering this innovative service to individuals, La Vie is
contracting with employers who find the USB Card an essential tool in
maintaining a healthy workforce. The goal is to be more proactive in the
prevention and early detection of illnesses to reduce disability and the
financial and human losses that result when employees are absent from work.
    Ms. Sannoufi says the USB Card has already produced positive results.
    Recently, a La Vie patient developed a medical problem in Mexico (not
connected with swine flu). He said the records available on his My Life is in
My Hand USB Card impressed the doctors with whom he dealt. They marveled at
how much was saved when his condition was successfully treated.
    La Vie patients are available for interviews regarding this significant
innovation in healthcare.
    For more information about the La Vie Health Centre, visit:

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For further information: or to arrange an interview with Dr. Hassan
Sannoufi or Reham Sannoufi, Executive Director, La Vie Health Centre: Randy
Ray, publicist, (613) 731-3873, rocket@intranet.ca

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