What is in the MedicAlert Digital Health Profile?
Just about everything in the world has gone digital, with digital health expected to grow by an annual growth rate of 18.6% over the next seven years. Driving this growth includes factors such as our increased life expectancy, which means more people are living with chronic, but manageable, conditions; an increase in accessibility of virtual healthcare; and patients’ and healthcare providers’ desire to have quick and easy access to health records. This leads to greater time spent interacting with and monitoring patients.
Just about every hospital system in the U.S. has a digital platform in place that allows patients to have control over their medical records, make appointments, and communicate with their healthcare providers. The key to benefitting from this technology, however, is to simply sign up!
A digital health profile allows doctors, physicians, and first responders to access your vital medical information allowing for accuracy, expediency, and efficiency during appointments and medical emergencies. A digital health profile can help doctors and first responders avoid medical mistakes, and it can even save your life.
MedicAlert understands the importance of an accurate and accessible digital health profile, which is why we developed our digital health profile in partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Our secure system stores your vital medical information, ensuring the fastest, safest, and most accurate care in any medical situation.
What is a digital health profile?
A digital health profile is a secure, safe place to store vital medical information. In partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), MedicAlert has developed a digital health profile that displays your vital health information in the order that is most useful for doctors and emergency care teams. According to the ACEP, health information should be listed in the following order:
- Medical Conditions
- Past Surgeries
- Medical Devices
- Patient Instructions
When you purchase a MedicAlert Protection Plan, you will have peace of mind knowing that your vital medical and personal identification information is housed on HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant servers, ensuring that extensive physical and administrative safeguards are in place to protect your healthcare data.
MedicAlert Digital Health Profile and Protection Plans
If you are in an accident or have another medical emergency, you may be unable to communicate the details of your medical conditions, medications, any allergies that you may have, or other special instructions related to your safety and care. A MedicAlert protection plan can help keep you safe in an emergency by relaying details about your condition and care to doctors and emergency response teams.
MedicAlert has protection plans to fit all medical backgrounds and budgets. With more than a dozen services and health information storage categories to choose from, our protection plans allow the flexibility to select a plan that suits your specific healthcare needs.
Depending on the plan level, MedicAlert users will have access to some or all of the following options and functions within the digital health profile, each with its own set of vital health and/or In Case of Emergency (ICE) instructions.
- Medical Conditions.
- Medical Devices.
- Patient Instructions.
- Emergency Contacts.
- Medical Providers.
- Advanced Directives.
- ICE Alert-SMART ID Card.
- Asthma Action Plan.
- Print Health Record.
If you have any allergies, it’s crucial for doctors and emergency health care teams to be aware of things you are allergic to and the type of reaction you might have. In some cases, an allergic reaction can be mild. In others a reaction can be fatal. This section allows you to record whether you are at risk of anaphylaxis—a life threatening reaction that can cause a drop in blood pressure, narrowing of airways, weak pulse, and trouble breathing.
To recap, the allergies section allows you to add:
- What you are allergic to.
- Primary and secondary reaction types.
- If you have anaphylaxis.
More than 365 drug interactions have been identified across more than 200 prescriptions. Drug interactions can occur when certain medicines are taken with other drugs, food, beverages, and even with existing medical conditions. Some of the most dangerous drug interactions involve prescription medications such as blood thinners, diabetes medicines, heart medication, seizure medicines, and prescription opioids. This is why it’s important to add any and all medications to your digital health profile.
The medications section allows you to add:
- All of your medications.
- Dosage amount.
- Unit (GM (grams), MG (milligrams), IU (international unit), ounces, etc.).
A medical condition can affect the way a person functions and communicates, it can affect what they eat or drink, and it can influence the outcome of many procedures and treatments. In order to avoid medical mistakes, and ensure the fastest and safest care in an emergency, your digital health profile should include all of your medical conditions. This is especially true for chronic medical conditions such as:
- Heart disease.
The medical conditions section allows you to add:
- Detailed information about your condition.
- Any special instructions related to your condition.
If you are in an accident or have another medical emergency, first responders have a list of procedures that have to be performed within minutes of the onset of the emergency. 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.
The surgeries section allows you to add:
- Types of surgeries.
- Pertinent details about the surgeries.
- Surgery dates.
Depending on the medical device, it may or may not interfere with technology, equipment, communication, or treatment during an emergency. Either way, 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. This can help doctors quickly eliminate potential causes of your condition, ensuring the fastest and most accurate care.
The vaccination section allows you to add:
- All vaccinations.
- Dates administered.
If you are in an accident or have another medical emergency and 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.
Emergency responders and ER teams have to identify who you are. Having access to identifying information helps emergency teams quickly identify who you are as well as important details such as your age, height, and weight.
Having access to identifying information is especially important for individuals who are susceptible to wandering, such as those with autism, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. The identifying information section allows you to 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 with a MedicAlert protection plan so emergency response teams can correspond with your preferred providers.
Add Advanced Directive or Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) documentation.
With a MedicAlert protection plan, the documents section allows you to add any documents that you would like to store for appointments, personal use, and even emergencies.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT) scan test results.
- Extensive allergy list.
- Health care surrogate.
- Extensive surgical history.
- Lab results.
- Dietary supplements.
A SMART medical ID card 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.
Your health history is easily accessible to help you communicate with a new provider or show proof of vaccinations. And in an emergency, first responders have access to your complete medical information to help you receive fast and accurate care.
An asthma action plan is a plan to help manage your asthma. To learn more, please read “What is an asthma action plan and why do I need it?”
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.