A Public Tragedy Highlights The Necessity Of A Living Will

Former NBA player Lamar Odom is fighting for his life and we are all hoping that he pulls through. There are many important lessons to be learned from this tragic event, one of which shines a light on the importance of a living will. A living will is a written statement detailing an individual’s desires regarding their medical treatment in circumstances in which they are no longer able to express informed consent. As of the time this blog is published, current reports state that Mr. Odom remains on life support in a Nevada Hospital, without a living will.
Given that Mr. Odom does not have this crucial estate planning document in place, significant decisions about his health and ultimate vitality lie in the hands of his soon to be ex-wife. Clearly, this type of situation can raise questions and concerns as to whether the right person is in control of Mr. Odom’s critical care decisions. Major life events such as separation, divorce, marriage or death are key reasons to have your estate planning documents reviewed and updated by an attorney; in the face of these major life events, you never know when an emergency will arise.
South Florida based attorney Danielle Stief of Legacy Legal Group, P.A. shares that “The most common thing that I encounter is people calling and saying that their mother or father is sick and need a Power of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate, or Living Will. The first question I ask is if they have capacity, and often times the answer is no, which means it is too late. You must have capacity to sign your advance directives and estate planning documents.”
Once you update your living will, the next logical step is to upload and save this information to your FootprintID portal. FootprintID provides immediate access to your medical records and key estate documents 24 hours a day from any location. Make sure someone will know where to find this information as well.
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Making The Most Of Your Doctor’s Visit! By Erica Paris

October is a busy month with lots of activities going on but for me it’s my month of checkups. I choose October because I still have plenty of time before my yearly benefits run out and all the appointment time slots are taken. Now that my children are settled into school and activities and I can focus on my physical health. If I am not in good health then how will I take care of my family?

We recently changed health care providers and so I have spent the last few weeks doing my homework of finding out who is covered under my new plan and collecting the appropriate paperwork to make my transition as seamless as possible. Having FootprintID on my phone provides me easy access to my medical history and will make this month of appointments much easier.

Here are some tips to make the most of your next doctor visit:

1. Be punctual!

This will give you plenty of time to check in and have your vitals taken before your appointment time giving you as much time with the doctor as possible

2. Write your questions down

It’s too easy to forget if you rely on memory alone. Writing them down also helps prioritize what to ask first. Store them on your smart phone for instant access or upload them to FootprintID so you can reference for later

3. Be Honest

You should not be embarrassed to talk about anything with your doctor. Actually, leaving out details or lying to your doctor can be bad for your health because it affects your care, so tell your doctor everything. Honesty is definitely the best policy — especially for your health.

4. Share your family history

Be sure your family history is up-to-date. Share any changes or new conditions of your family members with your doctor. Your family history is a very important tool for predicting your risk for disease.
Uploading and saving this to FootprintID gives you access to this information 24
hours a day from anywhere.

Erica Paris 10/12/15

Featured in the Press! Keep Calm and Upload On!

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New Membership Site/App “Puts Your Health Records in Your Pocket”

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/west-essex/categories/news/articles/new-membership-site-slash-app-puts-your-health-records

By JACKIE GOLDMAN-SCHATELL
October 6, 2015 at 1:47 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Two and a half years ago, when Livingston, NJ resident Beth Tofel rushed to the hospital upon hearing her brother, 43, had a massive heart attack, the doctors who operated on her brother to save his life had no medical information to rely upon. They didn’t know if he had a history of heart disease, what medications he took, if he had any allergies, and what other medical conditions he had. Upon her arrival, after the surgery had begun, Tofel didn’t have all of the answers. Luckily, the doctors were able to save her brother’s life, but it was their questions that haunted Tofel long after her brother was given a clean bill of health.

And, it was those same questions that Tofel couldn’t answer that got her thinking about the importance of personal medical records. She knew that her doctor saved hers electronically, and that the hospital did the same. But she soon found out that the two systems could not talk to one another, which meant they both had silos of information. The more she researched, the more she realized that there were many silos out there. She wanted to find a way to solve the problem so that next time a doctor needed medical information for her or a loved one, or for anyone—the information would be readily available.

“The situation with my brother was eye-opening; it was my ‘ah-ha’ moment,” said Tofel. “It was very clear to me that the doctors really wanted my brother’s personal medical history and it was also very clear that I did not have the answers.”

Tofel shared her story with her friend Jason Hubert, also of Livingston, who had himself been exploring this challenge of a lack of immediate access to one’s medical and health records and who is her partner in this endeavor. Hubert was a 30-year IT veteran for big corporate, who had developed automated systems and supervised major projects before leaving the corporate world seven years ago to start his own company as an IT specialist for small to medium-size businesses and individuals.

The two put their heads together and FootprintID® was born. FootprintID helps people keep all of their medical records in one place for quick access to health information when it is needed. This information can also be shared with emergency responders, physicians, family members and friends. It’s like having a health record in your pocket. It is a personal portable health record that helps people quickly access their information via a secure web portal and mobile app.

FootprintID provides a user-friendly membership site with a portal that allows people to maintain their medical information for themselves, loved ones or for anyone they care for. The forms are easy to fill out and include areas for emergency contacts, health insurance information, lists of physicians and therapists, allergies, medical conditions, immunizations, family history, surgeries, treatments and more. There is also a document section where people can upload documents directly from the doctor, whether it’s notes from a visit, test results, images, lab results or other medical documents including Advanced Directives and Power of Attorney. This information can also be printed out or easily shared via email.

The membership also comes with an app that makes accessing the information easy, and unlike other like services; the last information uploaded stays on the phone until the next use. This can be particularly beneficial when there is no Internet access, on an airplane, and in times of disaster.

“During Hurricane Sandy, many people were in shelters without their medications and many didn’t know the names of all of their meds or the doses,” said Tofel. “With FootprintID, this wouldn’t happen because each time the user makes updates to the system, the information like the medical contacts, medications and the rest are downloaded to the phone and they stay there until the next usage. This way the information is always accessible.”

People are telling Tofel and Hubert that “the product is awesome,” and that they realize that “in this changing healthcare environment it’s a really critical thing to be in charge of your health information and medical records.”

Tofel isn’t the only one who has experienced a situation like she did with her brother. Recently, her friend’s daughter was rushed to the hospital from the lacrosse field. When the doctor asked if the patient had any allergies, the mom said she was allergic to Latex, and the father said, “Wait, I think that is our other daughter.”

Another client said that having all of her father’s medical information on FootprintID made caring for him during his final year of life easier to handle because she was able to keep track of his doctors, surgeries, medicines and tests all in one place.

“At times of stress, many things are rushing through our minds and things like allergies and medicine doses can be confused,” said Tofel. “It is virtually impossible to remember everything and that is where this product comes in. With FootprintID, there is no reason to have to rely on our memories because the information is available right at our fingertips.”

“FootprintID is a lifestyle product,” said Tofel. “It lets you keep all of your medical family’s medical information in one organized place.”

In regard to organization, the product is a boon to professional organizers who take on the challenge of helping clients sort through their files.

Tofel said, “When people are downsizing, moving, relocating, or going into a retirement or assisted living facility, they often have piles of medical documents, and other important items in drawers. Instead of just throwing them into boxes to take with them and never look through, or throwing them out and hoping they don’t need them, they can sort through the items and upload the important ones to FootprintID.”

In addition, Tofel said that the information stored in FootprintID can be easily shared with physicians and other medical providers. She said that Geriatric Care Managers and Home Health Care Agencies are finding FootprintID to be an extraordinarily beneficial tool for them as they participate and manage the care of individuals—most often seniors.

“Using FootprintID can help people avoid repetitive testing,” she said. “You know when you go to a new doctor and they ask when the last time you has bloodwork was, or how your cholesterol is? Well, with FootprintID, you can look at the app and give the exact date and details. This way, if the results are still considered to be current, there is no need to retest and worry whether the test will be covered.”

Being able to do this is also helpful when caring for an ailing parent in a different geographical location, a child at college or studying abroad, as well as when the user him/herself is traveling and away from his/her home physicians. With the advent of electronic medical records, Tofel said you can now go on to any physician’s portal and upload all of your medical records from there to FootprintID.

“If you use FootprintID, and get a call from an aging parent’s doctor or a hospital with your child as a patient, you can easily send the necessary information to the doctor requesting it,” she said.

Tofel said that another group finding FootprintID to be helpful are PTAs/HSAs, who are using the service as a fundraiser “because they like the idea of responsible fundraising.”

“They sell FootprintID just like they sell cookies and candles,” said Tofel. “However, in this instance, they are selling a health and wellness product, and getting back a percentage of the money raised as a fundraiser for the school.”

In addition, human resource managers are offering FootprintID as a paid benefit for employees. For a small fee, it can be added into a benefits portfolio package as an added value benefit for employees. Companies are recognizing the enormous value in focusing on health and wellness within their organizations, as not only do services like FootprintID benefit the employees individually, they also allow employees to be more productive and successful as a team.

According to Tofel, FootprintID is very affordable. An individual can purchase an individual membership for $40 for the first year, and pay $30 for every additional family member added. After that the renewal fee is $25 a year. In addition, the product is continually evolving with the times. Tofel and Hubert are constantly updating, upgrading and adding enhancements. FootprintID offers a robust service with great customer service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 24/7 at the FootprintID call center. Also, unlike other personal medical record programs, FootprintID is offered in both English and Spanish.

When asked for her ideal target audience, Tofel said, “I’d love like to say all Americans because that is really accurate, but right now, we are directing our energies toward the elder population, those ages 60 and over, children and people with medical conditions, and businesses that want to provide their employees with an added value health benefit at a very affordable price.”

FootprintID is empowering people by putting them in charge of their own information.

Making the most of your mammogram

 

 

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Making the most of your mammogram…

  • Once you find a facility you have confidence in, try to go there every year, so that your mammograms can be compared from year to year.
  • Have more than one radiologist read your study, if your insurance covers this.
  • Ask if your center has CAD — computer-aided detection — a tool that assists the radiologist in finding any areas of concern that need further attention.
  • If you’ve been referred for a mammogram because of a suspicious lump or a finding on another test, make sure your doctor includes a detailed note as to why the mammogram has been ordered. For example, if the doctor felt a lump in the upper portion of the breast, closer to the underarm, the note might say, “palpable mass in the upper outer quadrant, left breast, rule out abnormality.” Be prepared to talk about previous unusual findings or symptoms with the technologist who performs the mammogram.
  • Work with your doctor to compare your mammogram results with any other tests you may have had done, such as ultrasound or MRI.
  • On the day of the exam, wear a skirt or pants, rather than a dress, since you’ll need to remove your top for the test. Don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant, since these can show up on the film and interfere with the test results.
  • Avoid scheduling your mammogram at a time when your breasts are swollen or tender, such as right before your period.
  • Discuss your family history of breast and other cancers — from both your mother’s AND father’s side — with your doctor.
  • If you don’t receive any results within 30 days, call your doctor or testing facility to ask for the results.  
  • Bring your past mammogram films/results with you. If you’ve been to the same facility before, make sure your past results are available to whoever is reading the study.  You can upload and store this information on FootrprintID and have access to it 24 hours a day from your smart phone.  
To learn more visit www.footprintid.com

Protecting Your College Students

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Parents of college students have enough to worry about already but should your son or daughter become hospitalized and/or under a doctor’s care are and you child prepared?

What most of us don’t realize is once children turn 18 and legally become adults we legally lose our rights to their medical information under HIPPA Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

Before your child leaves the nest, obtain medical power of attorney. Storing this information along with updated medical records on FootprintID will quickly give both parents and children access to the information quickly and from the convenience of a smart phone.

Visit our home page at www.footprintid.com

Interesting article to read: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/08/will-you-be-able-to-help-your-college-age-child-in-a-health-emergency/index.htm#

How I Keep My Family Safe In An Emergency

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Emergencies are bound to happen, especially when you have children. They get hurt often, at least in my house. I have a rowdy bunch. My boys especially. The last emergency we had required 6 stitches on my sons forehead. Not fun!

In the event of an emergency you need to remember a bunch of medical information for the doctors or paramedics. All that important items you tend to forget like, medical conditions, allergies, prescriptions, emergency contacts and health history.

It’s vital information but I know I can’t keep track of all that stuff, especially when I’m in a state of panic.

Ways to keep my family safe in an emergency is extremely important. Mom’s can’t be everywhere all the time.

FootprintID can keep all of that important information securely for you. It’s an electronic health record that allows you to manage and more importantly share your medical information with anyone that needs it. It remembers for you and takes the burden off of you trying to remember everything.

With FootprintID you won’t lose a single critical moment in a highly stressed emergency ever again! Even when you are not around to be there when the emergency happens, FootprintID ® is. Keeping our loved ones protected all the time.

When you register you can gain online access within minutes. Update all your medical information……

You can keep all of your known allergies, medication and chronic illness care records. It even can keep all images such as EKG’s and CT scans.

You can download the FootprintID Smartphone App on your iPhone or Android for quick and easy access. You will also receive a membership card and bag tag for each member you have. This gives the information to the first responders to access that persons history, in the event they are alone.

As a mom this gives me the peace of mind by being able to keep my family safe in an emergency situation.

The cost for the membership is $40 for the first year and an additional $30 per family member. Well worth it to keep my family safe in the event of an emergency.

www.footprintid.com

Written by Jenn….More Than A Mom of Three
Disclosure: This is a sponsored program with Mums The Word Network and FootprintID. All opinions are my own.

Are you traveling this summer? What will you take in your suitcase?

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Most of us fall into one of the following categories. The group that makes a packing list two weeks in advance and the group that is still throwing things into the suitcase as they are walking out the door.

In both cases, if you are packing for the beach, you will make sure to bring your sunscreen. If you are packing for a ski trip you will remember your winter coat. The thing that most people forget to take with them can be the most critical. The health history and medical information of themselves and their family.

Vacations are awesome. They take us away from our “routine” and allow us time to do what we enjoy. Whether we take a road trip, relax on a beach, hike in the mountains, sightsee or go on an adventure, the goal is to relax and decompress.

But what happens when things don’t go as planned? Someone doesn’t feel well, gets hurt, or worse has a critical health emergency. Having your medical history available immediately accessible can make the difference in the care and treatment you get, especially when you are being treated by a doctor in another town, state or country. At times it can literally be a lifesaver!

FootprintID® can help you make sure this information is always available to you, your health care providers, loved ones and anyone that you want to have access. Even miles and oceans away.

Knowledge is Power, Access is Possible, Being Prepared is Priceless!

Mother Nature- What If You Had To Be Out Of Your Home In 5 Minutes?

We all know Mother Nature has taken the phrase “ a mind of her own” to a whole new level the last number of years.

While we all pray never to be the victims of a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or one of the many other devastating natural disasters that wreak havoc, we must be prepared.

In an emergency and under stress we all have difficulty remembering things that we believe are written into our memory. What would you take with you if you had 5 minutes to leave your home? Would you remember your medications and your medical records- would you know where to easily locate them?

Thinking back to Hurricane Sandy, which hit close to home, I recall the stories of great humanity that others showed the victims. Many went to help with the daunting clean up task. Supplies were sent in droves- food, clothing, medication, whatever was needed.

However, enormous struggles remained. While medication and healthcare was available to the victims, how did the healthcare providers know how to treat any given person? I’ve spoken with Emergency Personnel who worked tirelessly within the shelters that were set up, and one of the major issues they were faced with was “people do not remember the names and dosages of their medications”. In addition to medication, there were many who could not articulate or share the accurate details of prior or ongoing health conditions.

Being empowered with the medical information and health history of yourself and your loved ones can be critical, and a natural disaster is just one example of when the need can arrive without warning or notice.

FootprintID® helps you manage and maintain this information so it is always with you and you are always prepared! The information is available to you or whomever you authorize, with or without an Internet connection.

 

Summer Camp Is Around The Corner- Have You Submitted Your Medical Forms Yet?

Have you ever struggled to get your child’s immunization schedule from the doctor at the last minute? Physicians’ offices get backed up, they charge you fees—and they make you wait!

With FootprintID®, you don’t ever have to worry about that again. You can keep your family’s immunization records at your fingertips at all times. For the cost of 2 -3 forms filled out by the doctor, once, each family member can have a membership that provides so much more. And, next year, you can fill out those medical forms yourself, without making a trip to the doctor’s office to drop them off, wait and pick them up a few weeks later. NOTE: Most camp medical forms do not require having a doctor fill them out.

Manage and maintain emergency contacts, allergies, conditions, family history, medications and documents, such as: lab reports, test results, doctor’s notes, EKG’s, CT scans and Advanced Directives and much more—it’s a Digital Health Record in Your Pocket.

Jamie G said, “My pediatrician charges $10 per form per child, and I have three children…and by the time I send my forms in, the wait can be up to two weeks. My family became FootprintID members, and now I will never have to worry about that again. And, the cost was nominal. I feel so much better having my family’s heath records and medical information always available to me.”

Check out FootprintID® at www.footprintid.com. Have questions?  Help is available 24 hours a day at 1-855-374-3411 or via email at: support@footprintid.com.

FootprintID® helps you keep all of your medical records in one place, quickly access your health information when needed and share your records with emergency responders, physicians, family members and friends. It’s like having a health record in your pocket! FOOTPRINTID® is a personal portable health record that helps you quickly access your information via a secure web portal and mobile app.

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