Why should I have a VitalKey?
Everyone should have easy access to their personal health information.
- Allows patients to be an active partner in their own health care
- Provides up-to-date information when and where you need it
- Ensures that medical records are never lost or destroyed
- Helps patients to prepare for appointments
- Facilitates patient care in emergencies
- Helps track a patient’s health history
Why can’t I build my own portable health record?
If you have the time and technical capabilities to put store information in an easily navigated, digital format using a portable medium like a flash drive, this is a good question. If you do this yourself, what you have is a “Medical Diary.” This is a term used by physicians and others to describe a patient’s own account of his or her health history. There is an important distinction between your medical diary and your medical records.
Doctors trust medical records – the notes and documentation of other doctors. Doctors can’t take the risk of trusting most of what is contained in a medical diary.
In addition to being wonderfully convenient to you, this is why your VitalKey uses digital copies of your actual medical records. Your VitalKey has to contain information that your doctors can trust. Otherwise, what’s the point of having it?
How do medical records get onto the VitalKey?
Once you receive the patient’s medical records from their doctors, you scan, upload, and organize the records into pre-defined folders in the VitalKey platform. Medical records can be upload as image file (JPG, PNG, GIF) or as PDF documents. VitalKey will create image previews for each page of a PDF document so that they can easily be viewed in a web browser without the need for additional software or downloads.
I am perfectly healthy. Do I need a VitalKey?
Yes. All information on your current health status is critical – from your immunizations to your most recent lab tests, even if it indicates that you are in good health. Access to this information on your VitalKey reduces the amount of background investigation that doctors need to perform before taking action on your current health issue.
You should also consider that if your health should suddenly change, the VitalKey will serve as a baseline to allow doctors to see where exactly changes have occurred and how dramatic those changes in your health are.
What information is stored on my VitalKey?
On your VitalKey, doctors will find information they can trust in a format they can access quickly and without any prior training. Here is a list of highlighting some of the information stored on your VitalKey.
- Medical conditions
- Medical imaging reports
- Lab reports
- Past medical procedures
- Emergency contacts
- Family medical history
- Insurance information
- Medical directives
- And much more…
For more information on how your information get stored on your VitalKey, see how it works.