What to put on medical ids?

By Mrs.Sweet Latest Reply 2012-10-28 14:10:05 -0500
Started 2012-10-21 17:17:13 -0500

I'm looking at buying a medical I'd, and before I pay all the money for one I need to know what to put on it. I can't use a USB, cause I don't have a computer to plug it into for programming it. I do use meal time insulin though.

20 replies

Turtle 2012-10-24 17:06:46 -0500 Report

I do not understand anything about the plug in devices. I can respond to medic alert necklace or medic alert bracelet. I go thru the MEDIC ALERT FOUNDATION in Turlock CA. They are very reasonable and have a wide choice of braceltes or necklaces to pick from. There is a membership price, you can choose from one yr. and up. You can call them as needed to change any info. on the red and white emergency wallet card they give you for no additional cost. I have been a member with them since sometime in the 80's. I even visited their office when I was passing thru to go on to see my dad. They will send you membership info. and bracelet/ neckless info. all at once at your request. I give them a high 5 as a business out there that is really out there to help the public.

CJ55 2012-10-24 01:14:48 -0500 Report

I purchased the usb port id bracelet. I keep it hooked to my purse. However, i have gone to 3 different hospitals recently. None of the 3 hospitals could utalize the ID Bracelet on their computers usb port. 3 different hospitals 2 different states. I was told any usb port will work which is not true. It depends on what computer program the hospital is using. I went to 1 hospital, it was newly built within the last 9 months and it didnt work there either.

Nick1962 2012-10-25 12:13:51 -0500 Report

That's kind of odd CJ. Could it be the file type your records are in? I know sensitive files are usually encripted, but my non-sensitive ones are standard .pdf files which can be read anywhere. Did you have to format the bracelet first? If you didn't, that might be it.

sadi23 2012-10-25 22:05:42 -0500 Report

Mine are access to me, but they are also encrypted. If I print a message from my Cardiologist, the email will print, but without any of the medical results, or discussing any of my medical conditions, that are my results. It will talk about the test I took or the condition it self, but not that the test showed i had blood clots, or my heart rate was 189. It was strange when i first began to print out.

But I can get a written form of the test or letter if I ask for it, but that often takes time and some reminders as well:(

I know years ago I got my records, but I had to pay per page. Then another time I could only make an appointment and view them all, write down any info but couldn't take them with me.

I think it has to do with your health insurance & medical team. Their policy, but keep asking, often when you have a good relationship with the office staff they will get you what you would like. maybe even email them to you?

But I would get the kind you can put a lot of info on and list all medical conditions, medications, OTC's, Vitamins, Treatments, Doctors, Specialists, family or friend that knows every thing about you, Your wishes, blood type, any allergies and things you can't not tolerate but they don't call a allergy, even things or symptoms that have yet to be determined what it may be.

Just thoughts, good luck.. Teri sadi23

Nick1962 2012-10-26 08:04:11 -0500 Report

I get simple test results/visit reports by mail pretty quick with mine, and the majority of my "care team" is very good about transferring records back and forth between themselves. Thankfully, since I've gotten healthier, all my "medically necessary" info (allergies, blood type, etc.) fits on a card I carry in my wallet.
I do have a very small 2G flash drive on my keychain that has more info on it including encryted/password protected passport and credit info for traveling though. Came in handy once when I lost my wallet.

sadi23 2012-10-26 23:38:04 -0500 Report

Nick 1962 I also have a great medical team, my health insurance keeps changing, & you know how hard it is when we have to start over with a another doc etc. but I work for the State/Gov and the budget runs my medical :( But right now its great the doc's email me and every thing is on line, in my account, all of my doc's are together and can see my whole medical history..Thanks for the reply. maybe more places will be like this :) Teri sad23

Nick1962 2012-10-27 17:59:06 -0500 Report

I've haerd state/gov insurance can be pretty good but you're limited on some things like drugs. Had a friend on state insurance. They covered his allergy meds 100% as long as it was the one they approved. The one that actually worked however, they wouldn't cover at all. At least with mine, they will cover up to the dollar value of what they approve, and only the rest is out of pocket.

A lot of the doctors/physicians on my "team" are the type that expect me to take some control of my own health, and they typically work with me better because I'm a cost effective patient. I see a chiro once a month just for maintenance, and she knows that if she sees me in her office between those visits, I'm in some pretty good pain. Same with my PCP. I think things could be a whole lot better if folks didn't abuse the system or took reasonable care of themselves if it's possible. We get a huge discount for "fitness points" we earn through our insurance.

sadi23 2012-10-28 02:42:11 -0500 Report

Nick I have a group Insurance through my union at work, it is different then if a person walked off the street to get their insurance. Mine is a contract through them and the Governor. But she took back most of what they agreed on. My union is suing them. But mine changes when the budget changes.

My co-pays & medication cost go up & down, there would be know way I could afford them. Just one monthly med is 1989.75 every month. But it is not so bad, many have it a lot worse.

I am about at the point of not being able to work. That scares me, I don't know what I will do??? Talk soon Teri

Nick1962 2012-10-28 14:10:05 -0500 Report

Ours changes every 2 years or so, but whatever the changes, it's just more or less who I send the money to. Sometimes the premiums are low, but I pay for drugs, other times just the other way around. Either way I'm gauranteed at least $5K out of pocket each year.

jayabee52 2012-10-25 14:08:04 -0500 Report

if I remember correctly CJ has had problems with this vendor as she has PM'd me about it.

I am sorry CJ to hear of your continuing difficulty with this product.

I have not had the occasion to test mine yet.

And No Nick, I didn't have to format the bracelet, and I don't think she'd needed to also. Just input the data.

Nick1962 2012-10-25 14:21:58 -0500 Report

Thanks James. There are a lot of junk usb devices out there. I usually reformat anything I get out of habit, especially if it's proprietary. gets rid of all the junk they put on it. Hope she finds something usable. Worst case just a simple $10 flash drive like I keep on my keychain.

Turtle 2012-10-24 17:21:49 -0500 Report

Great info. to know. So maybe I will wait til they get the glitches worked out as with every other computer issues then consider it again later.

DeanaG 2012-10-22 14:08:43 -0500 Report

I have a simple medical alert bracelet that simply says "Diabetic", I also carry an I'd card that lists all my conditions, medications, all my various doctors and their info and my husband's contact info. I also have a "ICE" app on my phone that has all the above information.

GabbyPA 2012-10-22 13:42:59 -0500 Report

I wear a basic ID, but inside my purse, I carry a list of my meds, my supplements, my other ailments and contacts to reach. I hope I never have to use it, but I keep it close and keep it handy.

s l k
s l k 2012-10-22 09:48:36 -0500 Report

I just ordered a necklace from Amazon, and besides "Diabetic on Insulin" I had them imprint my doctors name and phone number. I figure he's the one with the information if I'm unable to speak for myself. It will come with an ID card as well…

Mrs.Sweet 2012-10-21 19:42:55 -0500 Report

Thanks! I've already have a medic I'd on my cell and a card in my purse. But my hubby use to work in law enforcement and he said some times those get over looked.

IronOre 2012-10-22 19:15:45 -0500 Report

I have always assumed the wallet is the first place the medics look for medical information. Mine is in there, and it's been used.
Where does your hubby think is a good type/place for a medical ID ?
I agree with what DeannaG wrote above about the info on it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-21 19:32:27 -0500 Report

Mrs. Sweet, if you order one from American Medical ID or most legitimate websites there is a form that you complete with the medical information on it. You of course can include your name and medications. Look at the form and decide and your illness. You can also put it on a card and always keep it in your wallet. The one thing I have not done is put a card in all of my purses. I at times take a small purse that I cannot put a wallet in if I carry my meter so I carry my drivers license in the change section in the purse.

There are apps for your phone if you have a smartphone. In Maryland I can also now add an Emergency contact on my drivers license. You can check to see if your Motor Vehicle Administration offers this. Good Luck

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