- have multiple health issues?
- take several medications?
- take vitamins and / or nutritional supplements?
- see more than one doctor?
- track your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, weight, or other personal statistics?
If you answered, "Yes," to any of the questions above, the MedicAlert Foundation's E-HealthKEY should be of interest to you.
What is the E-HealthKEY?
The E-HealthKEY is a secure and portable personal health record using USB-flash disc technology (sometimes called a thumb drive). You may have seen these small flash drives called "thumb drives" or "key drives." In this case, the USB-flash drive has been customized for MedicAlert to securely carry personal health records. The USB connector has been fitted with a safety cap to prevent accidental loss of the cap and damage to the connector. The other end of the drive, as you can see above, can easily be used to attach the E-HealthKEY to your key chain, backpack, purse, or elsewhere for easy accessibility.
How does the E-HealthKEY work?
The E-HealthKEY detects when it is plugged into the "home" computer or into an unknown computer. If plugged into an unknown computer, the E-HealthKEY assumes that it is being inserted into a computer of an emergency room (ER) or an ambulance. The application will immediately pull up and present only the critical medical information such as medical conditions, medications, allergies, etc., that the patient/member has previously authorized. In addition to the E-HealthKEY, medical personnel also have access to a patient’s medical record via the MedicAlert 24/7 contact center enabling instant responses, even internationally.
The first time the E-HealthKEY is connected to the home computer, its application installs a small interactive utility program that facilitates interaction with the MedicAlert membership database via the Internet and offers users additional utilities as well. You can:
download your current member information from the MedicAlert database, update it, and upload the updated information.
track information such as blood pressure readings, blood glucose levels, and more.
store medical images such as X-rays, MRI's, EKG's, etc.
set up reminders for medical appointments and prescription refills.
print an emergency wallet card.
print copies of your medications and/or other medical information.