What is a MedicAlert Digital Health Profile?
Your MedicAlert digital health profile is the foundation that provides you safety and protection during an emergency. It’s a powerful tool that keeps your medical information easily accessible when you need it most. It’s the critical information first responders need so they can give you the best possible treatment. It tells your whole health story – beyond what’s engraved on your ID.
Everything that can’t fit on your ID is stored in your profile. That helps the people treating you to know what to do – and just as importantly, what not to do. In an accident or medical incident, imagine how much better your care would be if the emergency personnel know you are diabetic…or taking blood thinners…or have a pacemaker. All these things, and more, can dramatically impact the treatment you should receive.
When you need quick, life-saving interventions, it’s vitally important that your full health history is easily accessible to those treating you. It could be the difference between life or death in an emergency.
Is MedicAlert's digital health profile really that important?
Yes, it is. You can buy a medical ID from anyone. But only MedicAlert’s digital health profile gives first responders ALL the information they need to treat you quickly and safely. The information in your health profile is what our 24/7 emergency response specialists relay to first responders in an accident or medical emergency.
MedicAlert developed our health profile in collaboration with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). We asked the experts, “What are the most important things emergency personnel need to know about a patient during an emergency? What’s the best order for that information?”
With their input, we developed a digital health profile that purposefully presents your essential health information in the most useful order for doctors and emergency care teams.
How do I create and update my digital health profile?
When you become a MedicAlert member, you set up a user name (your email) and password that lets you log in to your Member Dashboard. From there, At MedicAlert, we ensure that extensive physical and administrative safeguards are in place to protect your health information.
Is MedicAlert’s digital health profile secure?
Your privacy is important to us. That’s why your digital health profile is encrypted and securely stored on HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant servers. At MedicAlert, we ensure that extensive physical and administrative safeguards are in place to protect your health information.
What information can I store in my digital health profile?
Your vital health information is of most importance, and the contents you can store in your profile varies based on your MedicAlert protection plan level. Dive in and explore what’s available to you:
Our SMART medical IDs uses proven QR code technology for quick access to your personal health information – anytime, anywhere. A quick scan from a smart phone camera opens up your detailed digital health profile, including medical conditions, allergies, medications, vaccinations, and more. The QR code is always up to date with the latest information in your MedicAlert digital health profile.
If you have any allergies, it’s crucial for doctors and emergency health care teams to be aware of what you are allergic to, and the type of reaction you might have. This is even more important for allergens that could cause anaphylaxis.
The allergies section contains:
- What you are allergic to
- Primary and secondary reaction types
- An alert flag for allergens that could cause anaphylaxis
If you don’t have any allergies, it’s a good idea to check the box for “No Known Allergies.” That’s vital information for medical professionals when they are searching for causes for your symptoms.
MedicAlert’s health profile enables you to keep a current list of all your medications. For each medication, you can designate:
In order to avoid medical mistakes – and ensure the fastest, safest care in an emergency – your digital health profile should include all of your medical conditions.
Knowing about your past surgeries could affect the way these procedures are administered and how emergency healthcare teams will handle your treatment once you reach the facility. You can include:
- Types of surgeries.
- Pertinent details about the surgeries.
- Surgery dates.
It’s important for emergency responders and healthcare teams to know if you have a device such as a pacemaker, cochlear implant, or blood pressure sensor. The medical devices section allows you to add:
- Device name.
- Date implanted.
- Device serial number.
Knowing your vaccination status can be a helpful tool for emergency responders and emergency teams if you are in an accident or have another medical emergency. You can include:
- All vaccinations.
- Dates administered.
If you are unable to communicate, your MedicAlert digital health profile can speak for you. The patient instructions section allows you to share additional information that’s important to your care such as:
- The use of rescue medications.
- Special assistance needs.
- Mobility issues.
- Contraindication for tests and procedures.
Having access to identifying information helps emergency teams quickly identify who you are, this is especially important for individuals who are susceptible to wandering, such as those with autism, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. You can even add a photo and other details that can help identify you in an emergency:
- Hair, eye color.
- Beard, other facial hair.
- Scar, tattoo.
- Glasses, contacts.
- Birthmark, mole.
- Hearing aid, cane.
A MedicAlert protection plan allows you to add up to 10 ICE contacts, allowing our 24/7 emergency response team to reach out to designated emergency contacts so they can be by your side.
Add up to 10 medical providers so emergency response teams can correspond with your preferred providers.
Add Advanced Directive or Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) documentation.
The documents section allows you to add any documents that you would like to store for appointments, personal use, and even emergencies, such as:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scan test results.
- Extensive allergy list.
- Health care surrogate.
- Extensive surgical history.
- Lab results.
- Dietary supplements
While your health records are stored digitally, in some instances, you might decide to print out certain records for your own personal use or to provide to health or wellness personnel. This function allows you to print any and all of your health records as needed.