The transition from high school to college is both exciting and nerve-racking. It is the first time many students are living on their own in a new environment where they do not know anyone. They are worried about making friends, finding their way around campus and starting this new chapter away from home. What many students do not think about in this transition is what to do if they get sick or hurt. As a first year student, I learned about this early on. Entering college as a student athlete on the women’s soccer team was an exciting experience for me. We arrived on campus two weeks prior to the other students for preseason. After those two weeks I found my group of friends on my team and felt completely comfortable with campus. I was ready for the rest of the students to arrive and to start classes in my new home.
The night prior to classes we had our last double session of preseason and a team lift. At the team lift we were learning our new workout plan for the season so it was fairly light. I was sitting on a bench and got up to start my workout, when I tripped and fell backwards onto my right wrist. I have never broken a bone prior to this but I knew right away the pain was not good. I was taken to the hospital to get x-rays. When I got there I panicked, this was my first time at a new doctor alone without my mom. I immediately called my mom hysterically crying, not knowing how to fill out any of the paperwork. I was unable to write since I am a righty so a friend I just met on my team talked on the phone with my mom and filled out all of my paperwork. Once I was in the room I was overwhelmed with questions, which I did not know most of the answers. The nurses were asking me about vaccinations, allergies to medicines and other information I could not recall.
As I reflect back on this day, I realize how beneficial it would be to have my digital health records. Prior to this day, I never thought about what I would do in a health emergency. The idea behind FootprintId is to keep families medical records together digitally so in case of emergency they are at the touch of a button. For Parents it is reassuring that no matter where your child is, they can have access to their medical records in case of emergency. As for a college student like myself, it is reassuring to know that filling out medical forms can be done correctly without my mom’s guidance.
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Imagine being in the hospital, and all of a sudden all of your medical information was gone? Imagine going to the hospital, and they no longer had any of the information from your prior visits, procedures, surgeries. Not only can this happen…it did. This California hospital was cyber attacked -http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/hackers-are-holding-a-hospitals-patient-data-ransom/463008/
At FootprintID we want to make sure you are in charge of your information, and can always have access to it. We believe in self-advocacy, empowerment and provide a consumer-centric tool to help you, your family, your employees or anyone you wish manage and maintain their health information. We help provide peace of mind knowing that our information is always at our fingertips!
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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.
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. Once you have made your final plan selection save your final copy here.
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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