I suppose the short story is, it was simple and took me only 30 minutes!
Last week I got to help test the new WELLalarm™ website by creating an account. First I entered my general account information, like my WELL-ID number, new password, and phone numbers where I can be reached.
Once I had that information in I moved on to my medical information: gender, date of birth, height and weight, blood type, medical conditions (including date of diagnosis), allergies, medical devices I use, and immunizations.
Then I entered my medications, including prescription and non-prescription. I noticed that if you stop taking a medication you can move it to a "past medications" file that includes the date you stopped taking the medication. I entered all my health providers' contact information and then my insurance information. Finally, I entered my emergency contacts, indicating whether or not they can receive text messages
Once you have all of that in the system, you can then decide how much of that information you want to make available in the event of an emergency. (By the way, you can leave some of this information incomplete and still move on.) In the Emergency Settings section you can see all the information you entered; I simply selected what I wanted to make available in an emergency. Then I clicked the "authorize" button and in a separate column I saw all the information I had authorized.
Now the fun part! From there I then could select a piece of medical alert jewelry, called WELLcharms™, to connect with my emergency alert service. There are plenty of enticing choices... I think the most practical choice for my preschooler-chasing lifestyle is the medical ID bead bracelet. I also love the beach medical ID charm bracelet.
I've since been able to go back into my account and make changes as needed.
And that's it! Super easy. All right, it was not as much fun as eating an ice cream cone or riding my bike through the park, but it also wasn't as tedious as I'd feared. I love that my information -- and only the information I want to include -- is sitting right there in my account, ready to be accessed in case of emergency.