June 24, 2020 Health

ABA Critical Medical Information App

By David M. Godfrey

When health issues are especially prominent as they are now, it’s useful to have access to all the resources that can assist you and your families, as well as that of your clients. In cooperation with Mind Your Loved Ones, Inc., the American Bar Association recently released a smartphone app that enables you to store and manage critical medical information & advance care directives on a smartphone for yourself and loved ones.  The app is called Mind Your Loved Ones or MYLO. When needed, you can view, print, fax, or email your or your loved one’s advance directive or any other information stored on the app. This is a tool that significantly increases the accessibility of any health care advance directive you prepare for your clients, yourself, or your family.

According to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, one of the biggest problems people experience in making decisions for loved ones is that needed information is not in our hands when needed-- at the right time and at the right place. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that families tend to be spread far and wide, especially now during times of a public health crisis. This smartphone app helps solve that problem.

The app does the following:

  • Individuals can store on their smartphones key medical information-- such as medications, physician contacts, insurance information, medical notes, health care advance directives, and any other material important to them.
  • Loved ones whom the individual chooses can carry the same information on their phones. They don’t have to hunt for the information in their files or sign on to a web page to get it. There is no limit to the number of profiles that can be stored. You decide whom to share the information with.
  • Individuals and their loved ones will have immediate access to all the information if an event occurs when that information is needed, so that they can view it, email it, or fax it to whomever or wherever it is needed.

The retail price of the app in the Apple Store or Google Play is $9.99 per year, but ABA members can purchase the app for $4.99  annually (50% savings) by following this link: https://www.americanbar.org/membership/aba_advantage_discounts/mylo/

For more information about the app go to www.mindyour-lovedones.com or contact the ABA Commission on Law and Aging at aging@americanbar.org.

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Mind Your Loved Ones – when a loved one is taken to the emergency room, do you have their advance directive, medical profile, and medication list at your fingertips? With this smartphone app created in collaboration with the American Bar Association, you will. And you will be able to view, print, email, or fax the information to wherever it is needed with the press of a button. This is especially important in times of a public health crisis. Called MYLO or Mind Your Loved Ones, it is an annual subscription app available at a half-price discount through ABA Member Discounts.
Mind Your Loved Ones or MYLO is a mobile app that gives individuals and their family members the ability to store their own and each other’s health care directives, critical medical information, and other related data on their phone and to send this information directly to health care providers (by email, fax or text). Users can share information and profiles. It is a valuable tool both personally and professionally for all clients engaged in personal planning. Go to ABA Member Discounts for a 50% ABA member discount on an annual subscription to the app.


David Godfrey, J.D., is a senior attorney to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging in Washington DC. He is responsible for the ABA’s role in the Administration on Aging funded National Center on Law and Elder Rights. Prior to joining the Commission, he was responsible for elder law programming at Access to Justice Foundation in Kentucky. Mr. Godfrey earned his B.A. with honors at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his J.D. cum laude from the University Of Louisville School Of Law in Kentucky. He serves on the board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – and was named a Fellow of the Academy in 2019. He loves to travel and has been to 48 states, and 15 countries.