Friday, July 3, 2009

How can I make my medical information available to the emergency services if Locket is password protected?

One of the beauties of Locket is being able to carry all your medical information with you. However, like all the other information in Locket, it requires a password to access. This is great for most information as you don't want people to be able to read your personal information if you lose or misplace Locket, but there are times when you would like someone, for example, the emergency medical services, to be able to access your information.

Luckily there is a solution. You can think of Locket in two parts, one is a secure vault for your personal data (the Locket software), the other is a regular flash drive on which you can store any form of computer readable data. Whilst you don't want to put too much on the drive as space is limited to 2Gb, there is ample room for medical data.

What I suggest is creating a folder on the Locket drive called ICE and saving your important medical information to that drive. Here's how to do it:

Video Tutorial - Making an ICE folder

Step-by-step Guide - Making an ICE folder

Open the 'My Computer' tab (Start) and then click on the Locket drive (in my case it's drive F:).

Place the mouse over the Locket drive screen (the right hand panel), right click the mouse and select 'New Folder' to create a new folder on the Locket drive.

Name the folder ICE (In Case of Emergency). Medical services are trained to look for anything with this name.

Create a text document with either Notepad or Wordpad (Start / Accessories) and enter what ever informtion you would like to be made available.

Save the text file to the new drive by selecting Save and then navigating to the Locket folder (in my case it's F:Locket/ICE and give it a suitable name (e.g. EMERGENCY Read Me).

You can also copy over any other information that might be relevant such as pdf versions (files saved in Adobe's readily available PDF format) of your lab results, X-rays, doctors reports etc. If you're not sure how to save these in pdf format, drop me an email.