have multiple health
take vitamins and / or
see more than one
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 new 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. 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
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
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,
set up reminders for medical appointments and
print an emergency wallet card.
print copies of your medications and/or other
In addition to providing your medical records in
case of emergency, the E-HealthKEY can also be used to transport your medical
records to new doctors and/or clinics. Some doctors who have made the transition
to electronic records or who use computers in their offices have also indicated
an interest in reviewing the records with the patient and even assisting them in
updating them with changes made at their appointments.
The E-HealthKEY is ready to go on any USB-enabled computer running Windows 2000
or Windows XP, which is the vast majority of computers in hospitals and medical
offices. With it's built in application, it requires no other application to
access the data it carries. In addition to the basic information of medical
conditions, allergies, and medications, the E-HealthKEY can carry virtually our
entire medical records including medical images. At home, the E-HealthKEY can be
used in a variety of ways to help manage our health and health care. Overall,
the E-HealthKEY is a very helpful tool for managing our health care. It's our
medical records at our fingertips. For more information about the E-HealthKEY,
MedicAlert web site.
About the MedicAlert Foundation
MedicAlert is a
nonprofit membership organization founded in 1956 with a mission to protect and
save lives, is headquartered in the United States, and has international
affiliates in nine countries.
Note: This is a product review. I have no financial affiliation with MedicAlert
and do not endorse this or any product.