One of the quickest ways to benefit from HealthVault is by using it to prepare your family for emergencies. You can do this by creating an emergency profile, which contains the most important medical information needed in an emergency. Create an emergency profile for each member of your family.
The profile can then be used in the following ways:
Information you enter here becomes part of the HealthVault record. (After you create the profile, you can see each item in the Health Information pages.)
If there is already health information in the HealthVault record, you might see it in the emergency profile. If you want to exclude some of that existing information from the emergency profile, see How do I view and update an existing emergency profile? for instructions.
When you've completed the emergency profile, you can choose options to print a wallet card or a page-sized profile sheet or send someone an online access code for the profile.
You have several options for updating an emergency profile.
|If you want to:||Do this:|
|Add new items||Click Add in the section header for the type of information you want to add.|
|Exclude information from the emergency profile (but keep it in HealthVault)||Next to the item, click the Action menu arrow and then click Hide.|
|Show information you previously hid||Click See hidden items, and then click Show.|
|Edit an existing item||Next to the item, click the Action menu arrow and then click Edit.|
The wallet card works by providing your most important medical information if you are in need of critical care. A medical worker can quickly find out about your current medications, conditions, and allergies by looking at the wallet card.
If the card includes an emergency access code and the medical worker has online access, the worker can use the code to see any updates to the information since the wallet card was printed.
No. If you have included an emergency access code on your wallet card or sheet, the emergency responder can access your emergency profile online without getting access to other information in your HealthVault account.
Also, the information in your emergency profile can't be changed by anyone who uses an access code to see it.
An emergency access code is a set of letters and numbers that can be included on your emergency profile wallet card or sheet. An emergency responder who has Internet access can go to the website address listed on the wallet card or sheet, and then enter the access code. They can then view the profile information.
After you create your emergency profile, HealthVault provides the option to create an emergency access code when you:
Whenever an emergency access code is used, HealthVault sends an email to notify the account custodian.
You can cancel access codes at any time.
To share your emergency profile:
The recipients will receive an access code that can be used to view your emergency profile information. They will not be able to change the information, nor will they be able to view your other HealthVault information.
Important: The email is not encrypted. For greater security, use another way to communicate the access code and the URL for the emergency profile website. You can find them on the printable page created when you choose Print wallet card or Print profile sheet and click the Include an emergency access code checkbox.
No. If you share your emergency profile with someone, that person will have read-only access to only the information in the emergency profile. Any other information in HealthVault won't be visible to that person. And that person won't be able to edit the information.
When you share a record, that record is added to the other person's HealthVault account, and you can decide on the level of access you give them. If you want to share more than read-only access to the emergency profile, you shouldn't use the sharing feature in the Emergency profile page. Instead, go to the HealthVault Sharing page and click Share health information with someone you trust. See more information about sharing.
To cancel an access code:
Note: If you cancel a code, no one will be able to use it to access your online emergency profile.