If something happened to you and a first responder needed to find out who you were and who to contact would they be able to? “Many patients come in and we have had no way of knowing who they are or how to contact their next of kin” says hospital worker Julia Thompson which is why being prepared ahead of time is imperative.
FootprintID® puts your health information at your fingertips. Store and manage all of your medical records in one secure, easy-to-use online portal – and access them anytime, anywhere, from your phone, tablet or computer. FootprintID® also lets you share vital health information with family, caregivers, physicians and emergency responders, and coordinate your medical history across providers. Take your health into your hands – learn more at www.footprintid.com
As we approach the biggest gift giving time of the year, we can all agree that the most special gifts to give and receive are the ones that reflect the thought that was put into choosing them.
How about a gift that keeps on giving? One that allows an individual to have the health and medical information of themselves and their loved ones at their fingertips?
As a mother it will forever be my job to worry and look after my family. What if .11 cents a day could bring you peace of mind knowing that the gift you gave allows someone to access their health information any time of day from anywhere?
What better than giving those you love the gift of preparedness? With your information all in one place during an emergency there is less chance of error. It’s virtually impossible to remember everything during a crisis. The ability to share the information across healthcare providers can reduce duplicate testing and can help prevent misdiagnosis by having your health footprint available in an instant. It’s safe and secure, and is a gift that can be lifesaving, stress reducing, cost saving, and time efficient.
Footprint ID is a portable personal health record that provides anytime, anywhere access to your medical records and other pertinent documents. Just as you have “always” access to your financial information via a web portal or smart phone app, 24 hour a day customer service, and can manage multiple accounts under one user name, you can now do the same for you and your family’s most important health information and associated documents.
As part of many “Responsible Gift Giving Opportunities”, consider FootprintID® as you think about what can be meaningful to your family and friends this holiday season.
Care giving does not always take place in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care giving actually occurs in the home as its more convenient, cost effective, and most comfortable for the person being cared for.
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450 billion dollars of caregiving hours are provided each year (not all of these hours are paid either). If caregivers stopped working for 48 hours straight our healthcare system would collapse
· Family caregivers are the only people who are present with patients in all care settings. Patients may have more than one doctor, nurses who change shifts, or prescriptions that may need to be filled at different pharmacies. Family caregivers are there as full partners all the time.
· Complex care happens in the home. Almost half of family caregivers perform medical/nursing tasks such as providing wound care and operating specialized medical equipment. Seventy percent manage medications for their loved ones.
· Caregiving effects the whole family. Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37% of men; 40% of women). Even 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 say they are family caregivers.
· Two out of every 5 adults are family caregivers.
· Most adults would prefer to age in place. Ninety percent of adults over the age of 65 would prefer to stay in their current home as they age. Family, friends, and neighbors provide 80% of the care for the elderly
Footprint ID is an online digital health record that provides 24 hour access to the medical records and other pertinent documents of yourself and those you care for and can be shared with anyone you choose from anywhere.
Technology today makes many new things possible and without it I don’t know how any of us would get by. At it’s best, technology makes life easier, more productive and efficient, and more fun. It allows us to manage our finances, children’s schedules, temperature in the living room and know when it’s time to pay a bill, just to name a few. So why not use it to manage you and your family’s health and medical information?
FootprintID is an online and portable personal health record that provides 24 hour access to your medical information and other pertinent documents to anyone you choose from anywhere. It’s the health management tool that provides you the same kind of access as your financial institution does- you can access your information via smart phone or computer, call 24 hours a day for assistance, and manage multiple memberships (each family member’s account) under one administrative user.
November 1st marked the official start of open enrollment. Footprint ID is making my benefit selection process smooth sailing as I have my 2015 records at my fingertips for quick reference. For those of our readers who are unfamiliar with open enrollment, it refers to the limited time of year during which most employees are able to make changes to their health insurance plans.
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Understanding your health care plans can be confusing. Have you ever wondered what all that verbiage means?
Health plans come in a variety of acronyms (HMO, PPO, and HSA). Those your employer is most likely to offer include:
HMO– Health Maintenance Organization plans. These managed care plans offer the best pricing and the least flexibility. They serve up lower prices by limiting your care to the doctors, clinics, and hospitals within the HMO’s network. HMOs also require you to choose a primary care physician (PCP) who coordinates your health care and provides you referrals before you are able to visit other network doctors. Go outside the network and your services won’t be covered.
PPO– Preferred Provider Organization plans. Like HMOs, these plans offer networks of doctors, hospitals, and clinics that are deemed “preferred providers.” By going to them you get lower rates negotiated by the insurance company. PPOs provide more flexibility than HMOs because they allow you to seek care outside the network which will likely cost you more in deductibles and co-pays. Unlike HMOs, PPOs don’t require you get a doctor referral before you see a specialist. Many of the plans, however, do require prior approval for certain expensive services.
POS-Point of Service plans. Try to think of these as hybrids between HMOs and PPOs. Like an HMO, you’re required to choose a primary care doctor to oversee your medical needs. But like a PPO, you’re allowed to seek care out of the network if you’re willing to pay a bit more. These plans also pay for treatment outside the network when your primary care physician refers you for such care.
FSA-Flexible Spending Account- FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for certain health and dependent-care needs. For example, the money can be used to pay for deductibles, prescription co-pays, and other treatments not covered by your insurance. A big downside for many is that whatever you don’t use by the end of your company’s benefits year, you’ll be forced to forfeit.
HSA-Health Savings Account.-HSAs are tax-preferred savings accounts usually paired with high-deductible health plans. Employers and employees are allowed to contribute to them. HSAs allow you to set aside tax-free dollars to pay for routine, out-of-pocket health expenses. You also get an IRS deduction for the amount you contribute to the account each year, and you pay no federal taxes on interest earned by your HSA as long as you use the money to pay for eligible medical expenses as defined by the IRS. Dental and vision are included. Another plus: unlike an FSA, HSA funds roll over annually and accumulate, even if an employee changes jobs.
Deductible-The annual amount a consumer must pay before the insurance company will pay any expenses. Deductibles vary by plan. Typically, the lower-premium plans have higher deductibles you must meet before your insurance carrier is obligated to pay.
Premium-The monthly fixed payment charged by the insurance company for your plan, whether or not you use any health care.
Copayment-This is the fixed dollar amount you’ll pay under your plan for a particular medical service and for drug prescriptions. The insurer is responsible for the balance. The amount varies by plan.
Coinsurance-The percentage of the cost of medical services you’re required to pay beyond your annual deductible.
Footprint ID is an online digital health record that provides 24 hour access to your medical records and other pertinent documents to anyone you choose from anywhere. It’s easy to use and once you have made your final plan selection save your final copy here!
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FootprintID was featured in this article by Stephanie Erickson of Erickson Resource Group.
Technology has changed our world. We access information instantaneously with a few key strokes, see our world through high power telescopes and satellites, and approach medicine with depth and efficiency enabling people to live longer and healthier. Technology has also made many of the challenges of aging easier to manage. New devices, programs, apps, and products are enabling older adults to stay at home safely and for families to monitor any changes or concerns for aging loved ones, including memory loss, confusion, and safety. Thanks to advancements in technology, there are now many ways alleviate or minimize risks related to these universal worries. Below are some important examples:
Medication errors: There are several apps that allow families to remotely monitor whether someone has taken their medication. MedOClock monitors administration times and calls a person with a gentle reminder if the medication is missed. If you prefer to have your loved one prompted to take his medication with a phone call, there are products such as Pill Reminder Service. If you would rather record your own voice Reminder Rosie could be right for you. Many of these products keep track of medication, appointments and health care provider contact information as well should you need to share it with a healthcare professional.
Wandering: Nothing is scarier than thinking about your loved one leaving the home and getting lost. Smart Sole is a shoe insert that has a GPS. There are also wearable GPS products such as a watch made by ILoc. These products permit families to know their loved one’s whereabouts at all times and set up perimeter alerts.
Kitchen safety: Are you finding burned pots on the stove and concerned about your loved one inadvertently starting a fire? You can find kettles that turn off automatically in most electronic and utility stores. There are even specialized stovetops that use a sensor system and turn off when someone leaves the cooking area. Visit This Caring Home for more information.
Falls: With the push of a button, products such as LifeLine, MyLively or Medical Alert enables individuals to inform someone if they need help.
Overall functioning: Other unique products allow families to keep track of someone’s general functioning in the home with the use of sensors and/or alert systems. There are products that monitor getting in/out of bed with sensor pads such as from Patterson Medical. Sensors, such as MyLively monitor the opening/closing of the refrigerator to gauge if someone is eating. Products such as Be Close allow families to monitor a person’s daily routine in their home. There is even clothing that can monitor body temperature and heartrate, though much of this clothing is designed for athletes.
Risk/Vulnerability with strangers/neighbors: Individuals with Dementia are at risk of being taken advantage by neighbors or strangers. They can be convinced that they need a new roof or that their gutters need cleaning. Most of the time, they are charged exorbitant costs and often the work is never done. Consider installing cameras outside near each door so that families can have video of any visitors to the home.
Health concerns and communication with professionals: Technology has enabled family caregivers to keep track of medication, medical diagnoses, provider contact information and other necessary health information so that in a moment’s notice, caregivers who live locally or remotely can communicate effectively and accurately with health care professionals. Check out FootprintID and Zibdy. Products such as Go Telecare allow for video conferencing consultation so that individuals have access to experts in any location. With Tyze families can create a private network with which to communicate, share photos, and schedule appointments on behalf of a loved one.
Cognitive loss: There are many Apps that create opportunities for families to engage in activities that stimulate memories and other cognitive functioning such as DYNSEO and Greymatters. Families and caregivers can build their own family memory book with products such as My Reflections. These products help to foster meaningful connections within families as well as help a loved one with cognitive losses revisit his past.
General caregiver support: Families have unlimited access to on-line support communities for any topic imaginable. Visit AgingCare and The Caregiver Network. The Dementia Caregiver App provides guidance for caregivers to assist them in the intervention and management of challenging symptoms related to reduced cognitive functioning.
Technology has been integral in preserving autonomy and integrity for those who require a little extra assistance and support. These technological advancements have allowed us to benefit from real-time updates as to how our aging relatives are functioning. However, never forget that the benefits of human contact and personal relationships far exceed any advantage that a device, app, or product could provide.
Stephanie EricksonBy Stephanie Erickson, Family Caregiving Expert http://www.ericksonresource.com/
Halloween is a fun holiday for some but for those who have peanut and tree nut allergies can be a parent’s biggest nightmare come true. Be sure to have emergency epinephrine on hand just in case your child eats something they shouldn’t. In the event of an emergency be sure to have your child’s medical information on hand. Uploading and saving this information to FootprintID provides easy access 24 hours a day from anywhere.
Follow our tips to ensure a safe Halloween night for everyone!
1. B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pumpkin)
Join the kids and carry your own jack-o-lantern or fun themed bucket. Fill it with snacks and candy that are safe for your little ones to eat. If candy being offered isn’t safe, have your child say “no thank you” and move on to another house.
2. Hold a candy swap when you get home from trick-or-treating
Have children trade their safe candy for candy your other child might not be able to eat. Or you can trade allergy-free candy and age appropriate items, such as a stuffed animal or coloring book, to exchange with your child.
3. Read Labels Carefully
Just because a candy doesn’t contain milk, soy, wheat, nuts or peanuts doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat. Hard candies may be manufactured at plants that have these airborne allergens. Gelatin and food additives can also spur reactions in those that are allergic. Even if you know a candy doesn’t contain an allergen and isn’t processed at a plant that contains allergens, it can be bagged with other candies that are.
4. Start New Traditions
If trick-or-treating still has you worried, try starting a new tradition. Start a Halloween scavenger hunt around the neighborhood or stay in and play Halloween themed games. Seeing a scary movie or going out to dinner can be a fun way to spend the evening as well.
5. Play Switch Witch
The Switch Witch needs all the candy your children aren’t going to eat (aka unsafe candy) to heat her home. In return she leaves toys, games, and other favorite non-food items of children. The Switch Witch also donates some of the candy she takes to operation gratitude www.operationgratitude.com
Halloween can be a tricky time for families managing food allergies because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for everyone.
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
This Halloween, FARE is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!
While the Teal Pumpkin Project is a great way to bring the idea of food allergies to the forefront of people’s minds, Halloween happens one day a year. What happens during the next 364 days for people with food allergies and what happens if someone had a reaction at a party or in public and cannot be his or her own advocate when help arrives?
One way to combat such a problem is to record food allergies in a program like FootprintID, where users can upload and save all important medical records and allergy information for immediate access 24 hours a day from anywhere. Having food allergy information readily available on FootprintID which may be shared with medical professionals any time, could literally make the difference between life and death.
In the U.S., approximately three million people report allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. You can also keep your house extra safe this Halloween by purchasing candy and treats from our safe list:
♦ DIVVIES (anything made by Divvies) – www.divvies.com
♦ Haribo Gummi Candies (anything made by Haribo)
♦ Surf Sweets Natural gummies & jelly beans – www.surfsweets.com
♦ Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
♦ Amanda’s Own Sunbutter Cups
♦ Swedish Fish
♦ Altoids Mints, Original & Cinnamon (not Chocolate variety)
♦ Mike and Ikes
♦ Hershey (plain) chocolate bars, personal size only (not King size, not Minis)
♦ Hershey (plain) chocolate Kisses (not King Size, not Holiday/Seasonal Bags)
♦ Wonka’s Nerds & Nerds Rope
♦ Laffy Taffy
♦ Double Bubble gum
♦ Tootsie Pops & Tootsie Rolls (anything made by Tootsie)
♦ Junior Mints
♦ Lifesaver Gummies
♦ Sour Patch Kids – all varieties
♦ Sweet Tarts
♦ Dum Dum lollipops
♦ Bottle Caps
♦ Pop Rocks
♦ Now and Laters
♦ Hot Tamales
♦ Red Vines
♦ Jolly Rancher hard candy and gummi candy
♦York Peppermint Patties
♦ Starburst fruit chew, lollipops and jelly beans
♦ Kraft marshmallows
Upload and save your medical records containing allergy information to FootprintID for immediate access 24 hours a day from anywhere.