What is DocuBank? Advanced Healthcare Directives are essential documents for a complete estate plan. Your Living Will, HIPAA Release, and Healthcare Power of Attorney provide critical information and authorizations to healthcare providers. However, most people sign these documents and then proceed to put them in a safe deposit box or file them somewhere safe within their home, in the unspoken belief that they will magically appear when they are rushed to the hospital in an emergency situation.
Unfortunately, even if you have already given your documents to your primary doctor, they are less than 50% likely to make it to the right people at the hospital in an emergency. Relying on family members to bring your documents with them to the emergency room is also risky. The last thing on their minds will be searching for your Advanced Healthcare Directives if you have been rushed away in an ambulance.
If something happens to you while traveling, you can almost guarantee the hospital you have just been rushed will not have your healthcare documents. Or if you should be injured or take ill and find yourself at a hospital you’ve never been seen at as a patient, then your Advanced Directives will not be available.
In any emergency situation, doctors will not know who you authorize to receive your confidential medical information, or whether you have appointed an Agent to make medical decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself, if they don’t have access to your Advanced Directives. When time may be of essence, this puts you at risk. Most importantly, medical providers may not know you have a Living Will stating your wishes regarding artificial life support if death were to be imminent, and that means you can’t be sure your wishes will be followed. (Does the name Terri Schiavo ring a bell?)
At the Zimmer Law Firm, we understand that having medical-legal documents is not enough. That they are of no use if not available instantly, on demand, when needed in an emergency. That’s why we offer DocuBank services to our clients. DocuBank is a company whose number one purpose is to make member medical-legal documents instantly available 24/7/365 to your loved ones and healthcare providers in any doctor’s office or hospital around the world.
DocuBank provides our clients with a wallet sized ID card that lists basic healthcare information. Most importantly, the card includes easy to use directions and instructions for any medical provider to call DocuBank any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, and have your healthcare documents faxed to them instantly. Or they can be downloaded from DocuBank’s secure website.
DocuBank is one of Zimmer Law Firm’s “Lifeguard Services” to help with client peace of mind. Like a lifeguard, we keep an eye out for risks that could affect our clients, and help them avoid those risks through services like DocuBank that are like life preservers. When needed, we’re there with first aid as well.
Enrolling in DocuBank is quick and easy. Just contact us for an enrollment form.
Now DocuBank also offers free storage online, in its’ secure SAFE Vault, for any legal document. The SAFE Vault is a great way to secure your Digital Asset information and appoint a Digital Executor to whom you can give access for Digital Asset information now and after your death or incapacity.
Below are links to DocuBank’s instructions for using SAFE and some FAQs.
Below is a downloadable PowerPoint presentation that will walk you through the step-by-step process of using SAFE. You may have to right click and select ‘Open link in new tab’.