If you care about the quality of the healthcare you receive, online Google searches and reading WebMD are not a substitute. Not even close. Rather than try to become a "self-educated cardiologist," why not help your doctor make better decisions about your healthcare using your own data?
Why would you ask your physician to use HeartCloud for Health Practices to access your data? Quite simply: for the better care of your heart and your health. And many of the remote patient monitoring tools of HeartCloud for Health Practices are ones which insurance will cover today, to improve the quality of your care. We've taken great pains to ensure that only practices which you have specified, and which have confirmed that you're under their care, will have access to your data. You can take back that permission at any time: when you change insurance plans, when you change doctors, when you move from one city to another. It's your health information, after all; and we think you should have control over it.
Within your HeartCloud account is a link that shows you HeartCloud for Health Practices accounts. You click on a profile, which lists the address and contact information for the practice, and then you click a prominent button to request that the practice have access to your data.
Once you send the request, a randomized access code is e-mailed to the users at that practice with permission to manage data sharing requests. They can accept or reject it and you are notified in either event.
At this point, the practice will have access to your health, activity, and workout data. You can change the date on which the practice's access expires or revoke access to your data at any time.
Your physicians base their decisions largely on observations they make while you're in the office, but you spend most of your time elsewhere, living your life. By giving them data on what happens during the majority of your time, rather than mere glimpses, they can understand better how your heart and other organs function 24x7. Many leading doctors find this additional information to be helpful in personalizing care.
There are three HeartCloud applications: (1) HeartCloud.io (which you're on right now) (2) HeartCloud for Health Practices, which is designed for medical doctors, and (3) HeartCloud Sync for iOS (coming soon to the App Store). You can, at anytime, choose to share any data that you have uploaded to HeartCloud with one or more doctors, each of whom would then access your data through their HeartCloud for Health Practices accounts. These doctors don't even need to work for the same hospital. One could be your hometown family physician that you usually see, while while another could be a specialist in cardiology at a major hospital that you're seeing for a more specialized health matter.
Absolutely Not. It is important to note that none of your data in HeartCloud is shared with anyone by default. The only way in which anybody besides you can see your information is if you decide to share it.
Once you sign up for a HeartCloud account, you will see an item in the top menu named "Data Sharing". From there, you can select a provider that uses HeartCloud for Health Practices and, with a single click (or tap), request that they receive access to your HeartCloud data. Both you and the practice exchange a unique, one-time use code to confirm the identity of the other. Then, after this process is completed, you can impose restrictions on what you share or you can share everything. These restrictions are always and exclusively available to you alone, and not the practice with which you have chosen to share your data.
You can share any of the data types (health, workout, or daily activity) listed below either (1) within a date range (by selecting a start and end date) or (2) by sharing everything within an unlimited span of time. Using a straightforward, three-step process, you and your provider both agree to the data sharing arrangement through HeartCloud, but only you decide which measures to share (e.g., heart rate and blood pressure but not workout data).
Yes. At any time, you can stop sharing your data with a Health Practice or you can add restrictions on any of the data types (health, workout, or daily activity) available in HeartCloud. You can change your mind at any time, and either update what types of data are shared or revoke access altogether (e.g., when you stop seeing a particular doctor).