You might want to use sharing to let an adult child or caregiver keep tabs on your health, co-manage your children's records with your spouse, or share fitness information with a personal trainer.
Remember, you control what kind of information you share and what level of access you give to the person you share with. Some health information you manage might be highly sensitive. Before you grant access to it, consider carefully which people should be allowed to see the information.
A few things to note:
Note: The recipient should use the new invitation. The previous invitation will no longer be valid.
Custodians can see information marked as confidential by other users, and they can see a history of all changes made to the record, including deleted items in the HealthVault trash. Custodians can permanently delete information from the record.
In US accounts, custodians can manage Direct email addresses and send Direct messages on behalf of the record. Learn more
Custodian access is helpful for cooperative management of someone’s health. All custodians have equal access to the record.
Be very selective about who you give custodian access to, since they will have full control over the record, including the ability to remove your access to it.
Not sure if you're a custodian? See How do I know what level of sharing access I have for a record?
To change someone’s access to a record, you must be a custodian of that record.
To remove someone’s access to a record, you must be a custodian of that record.
To see a history of changes made to a record, you must be a custodian of it.
To see how a HealthVault record has been changed:
The sharing invitation email includes a link to a page where you can accept or deny the sharing request. To accept the request, you’ll need to have your own HealthVault account, and will be given the opportunity to create one, if necessary.
Not sure why you received the invitation? Contact the person who sent it.
Next to each record, you'll see your access level.
The choices are:
Custodians have access to all information. If you have "View" or "View and modify" access, you might not have access to all types of information in the record. The person who invited you to share the record can tell you more about what restrictions are in place.
When you are exchanging medical information via email, you might want to protect your privacy by using a program that sends encrypted messages. Encryption is a technology that encodes the contents of a message, making it difficult for an unauthorized person to view its contents.
In the US only, HealthVault provides an encrypted-messaging app called Message Center. It sends messages in an encryption standard called Direct.
Important: Direct messages can be exchanged only with other Direct messaging addresses. Ask your doctor's office if it has a Direct messaging address. If so, you can use Message Center to exchange medical information with that office.