Health Companion is a tool to engage, empower, and inspire people to achieve better health at lower cost. Health Companion has four major features.
Health Companion is hosted in an environment that complies with the HIPAA and HITECH Act security standards surrounding the storage of Protected Health Information (PHI). We, through our hosting partner Connectria Corporation, have deployed all commercially available security measures to securely store and transmit your data. Your information is encrypted over-the-wire ("in-transit between your browser and our servers") as well as in our databases ("at-rest"). We use the strongest encryption level support on the internet today partnering with GeoTrust. Despite these measures to ensure a secure environment, storing personal data online always carries a degree of risk, as described in our Terms & Conditions.
If you came to Health Companion through a link from one of your healthcare providers, some information was already communicated to you (login and visit the “Health Records” page to see it). The same provider may send additional information soon. Your provider may or may not send certain information, like Imaging Reports (please note: this information may take up to 10 days to appear in your account). If, for example, you were hoping to see your Imaging Reports but they were not sent (ie. 10 days have passed), contact your provider to see if they are sending this information to patients through Health Companion. Many people want to know how to use Health Companion to store their complete medical record. One way is to manually input the information yourself in your “Health Records” page. However, sweeping changes in the technology for storage and transmission of healthcare information are underway, so the answer is rapidly evolving. For the moment, the best way to obtain and store your information is to contact your healthcare providers and ask for “an electronic copy of my medical record.” Providers are required to be able to provide this information to you in the form of a special file called a “CCD.” (Alternatively, some facilities offer a "Patient Portal" where you can login to view lab results and other health information. Typically these services also offer the ability to download this “CCD” file, often contained within a ZIP folder.) Once you obtain the “CCD” file, you can use the “Health Records” page in your account on Health Companion to upload the file. Health Companion will then automatically read the information and sort and organize it appropriately.
In addition, many providers are joining in on Health Companion's efforts and participate in direct, automated transmission of health information with us. This eliminates the somewhat tedious middle step of obtaining the “CCD” file from your provider and needing to upload it into Health Companion. If your provider is interested in connecting with us, encourage them to contact us at email@example.com to learn more.
Ultimately, our goal is to allow you to obtain, manage, store, and transfer all of your health information in one place in a completely automated way. We're making great strides towards this goal, and will continue to update our users as new developments arise. If you have further questions, are having trouble with a “CCD” file, or would like to learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may not be seeing our emails because your email client is filtering them into your junk/spam folder. The process of adding email addresses to your address book (also known as your safe sender list) is called "whitelisting." This will ensure future emails are delivered to your inbox. If you're not sure how to whitelist emails, instructions are widely available online for how to whitelist email addresses depending on your email client (eg. GMail, Outlook).
Domain Names vs. Individual Email Addresses: In general it is best to whitelist an entire domain name as opposed to an individual email address. For example, whitelisting the domain name "healthcompanion.com" will allow any email from healthcompanion.com to be received, regardless of the individual sender address (eg. email@example.com).
No. Your health record, insurance information, and preventive health information are not shared when you use the social network, employer, or community features.
DO NOT ENTER ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION IN “COMMUNITIES.”
Health Companion “Communities” are predefined groups for exchange of ideas on specific interests such as Diabetes or Heart Disease. Anyone can subscribe to these communities and become member. Any personal information you enter here will be seen by all community members. So please DO NOT enter any personal information on “Community” boards.
Health Companion is accessible via the vast majority of commonly used internet browsers and versions. The site may not be compatible with some mobile device and tablet browsers. If you encounter technical problems with the site otherwise, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can access HealthCompanion.com using the following browsers and versions.
You can send us email to email@example.com on questions regarding the use of the website. Please DO NOT SEND US ANY HEALTH OR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY. DO NOT SEND US YOUR PASSWORD. You cannot communicate with your healthcare provider using this email. Before you write to us, please see if your questions are addressed in the FAQ.
You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your account will be deactivated in 24 hours. Unless we hear back from you subsequently, your entire account will be permanently deleted in 30 days.
To change the primary contact email address for your account, please follow the steps below:
Yes, you can change your username.
To change the username for your account, please follow the steps below:
To change the password for your account, please follow the steps below:
We never use email to send any protected health information covered under HIPAA, so please don't worry that anyone's personal health information has been compromised. Sometimes, a healthcare provider may have the wrong email address for a patient in their medical record, which can result in this generic notification e-mail going to the wrong address. If you're not familiar with the healthcare provider listed at the start of the e-mail or you think this e-mail was otherwise sent to you in error, you can either choose to ignore the e-mail or you can contact the provider to ask them to correct any error.
Some radiology providers elect to provide radiology reports directly online for your access and safekeeping (others do not). If your radiology provider is participating in delivery of radiology reports, you should be able to receive information about it. Please note that some participating radiology providers have a set "delay" for when a radiology report will be sent. For example, a healthcare provider/facility may delay making the radiology report available to you online for anywhere from 3 to 10 days, in order to give your primary healthcare provider the opportunity to review the report first. Consider waiting a few days and trying again, or calling your provider to request the report sooner. If your radiology provider does not participate in online report delivery, let us or them know that you are interested in this service!
Sorry, we don't store radiology images online at this time. However, if you are interested in this feature, please contact us and we'd be happy to chat about it.
If you misplaced your username and/or password, please visit our home page and click the "Forgot Username?" or "Forgot Password?" link as appropriate. These links will allow you to recover your account information using your e-mail address or cell phone. If you are still unable to access your account using these tools, please contact us again.
Your Personal Health Record is a private and secure online record of your clinical information such as your problem list, allergies, medications, immunization records, lab tests, and procedures.
Your health information is scattered across many different providers and healthcare organizations. Keeping your own complete, updated, and easily-accessible health record has a number of benefits to you as a healthcare consumer.
You can create a personal health record for each of your family members. Establish them as your family in Health Companion and all PHR capabilities are available to each of them. Your spouse or anyone in your account over the age of 18 can have separate access to his or her Personal Health Record. You can directly operate accounts for children under the age of 18 and for other individuals for whose care you are responsible.
Yes, generally parents do have access to their minor children’s health record. There are three circumstances where parents do not have access:
Please refer to your state or other applicable laws to understand your specific situation. If you think you will be violating the law, please do not use Health Companion for your child.
Health Companion is already linked to a number of healthcare provider Electronic Medical Records in the U.S. We are expanding our list all the time. If your provider has an online link to Health Companion, your health information will automatically flow into your Health Companion Account.
If your provider is not connected to Health Companion, you can request a copy of your record (commonly referred to as Continuity of Care Document or CCD for short) from your provider in electronic format. You can directly import that file from the “Health Record – Snapshot” page by clicking on the “Import New Health Data” link and following the instructions.
If you know that your provider has an electronic medical record that you would like sent to your Health Companion account, you can contact us directly or have your provider contact us at email@example.com and we will help you transfer the data.
If none of these options are available to you, you can manually enter your medical information in the Health Record screens provided.
One of the most important benefits of seeing your health record is that you can take greater personal responsibility for your health information. If you see information that you think is not accurate, you may want to discuss that with your provider at your next visit, or if more urgent, you may contact your provider sooner. The Problem List is probably the health information that patients find most difficult to understand. A “Problem” might include the name of a screening test, like “Screening Mammogram,” which might seem illogical to you. But the need for a screening test is considered a medical problem. In some cases, you might see the same problem stated in multiple different ways, or an old problem that no longer exists. You can edit your Problems yourself, or you can discuss your problem list with your healthcare provider at your next visit.
If you have a healthcare provider sending you health information (including results) through our secure network, you will need to follow two steps: 1) visit the unique URL or web address provided specifically by your healthcare provider or through an e-mail from your provider; 2) when you arrive at this page, enter the unique PIN given to you by your provider. If you misplaced or do not have the unique web address and/or unique PIN number, please contact your healthcare provider to obtain them.
New results are available on your "Health Records" page in Health Companion. The first time you receive new results from a healthcare provider, you need to verify the secure connection by visiting the provider's unique Health Companion URL or web address and entering a unique PIN number (see "Where do I get my PIN number?"). After this initial verification, results from that provider will always be displayed on the "Health Records" page.
Health Companion’s Prevention & Wellness module provides you with personalized preventive health recommendations based on evidence-based national guidelines. Our recommendations are based on a physician-designed algorithm supported by clinical research results and expert opinions. Our Prevention & Wellness module helps you to
You can use the Health Companion website on iPad (iOS 5.0) and Android tablets (3.0 and up with a screen at least 8.9 inches). We also provide free iPhone and Android apps on the respective app stores. These apps support iOS 5.0 and Android mobile devices (2.3.0 and up).
Yes, remote access for any mobile device can be turned off within the “Settings” tab in your account on Health Companion. The next time the device tries to connect, it will log out and clear the data from the device. To deactivate a mobile device, take the following steps: