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Both iPhones¬†and Androids typically have an In Case of Emergency (ICE) app that allows first responders to access critical medical information on your phone from the lock screen, without knowing the passcode. Information can include prescription¬†allergies, medical conditions, blood type and emergency contacts.¬†
There are also ICE apps available for download, including the¬†ICE Standard ER 911, available for $.99, which puts an emergency information card on your lockscreen in case of an accident.¬†
To have more detailed medical information at hand, the MyChart app for iPhones and Androids provides information on vaccinations, last doctor's visit and prescriptions,¬†Digital Trends¬†reports.
Having the medical information of your loved ones at hand could be invaluable during an emergency, particularly when the patient is unable to answer questions. This could include medical records for a spouse, adult or underage child, as well as aging parents.¬†HealthIT.gov¬†offers numerous recommendations for online personal health records management for families, including:¬†
While children legally¬†become adults at age 18, parents are often still involved in their medical care and decisions for many years beyond. However, legally parents have no rights to access their adult children's medical records during an emergency because of health care privacy laws. Parents should¬†seek certain forms¬†for their adult children, including HIPAA authorization, medical power of attorney and durable power of attorney, and keep a scanned copy on their smartphones (and their children's phones) in case of a medical emergency.
Having critical medical information at the tip of your fingers can make all the difference during a health crisis for you or a family member.
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