Overview of ICEmaker

You may get a general idea of what ICEmaker is and how it is organized by looking over the file structure represented in this screenshot.

ICEmaker 1.0My ICEmaker is the top-level folder containing ICEmaker 1.0 and folders for any individual for which an ICE USB is created and maintained. Two folders, for Buster and Betty Boop, are included in My ICEmaker as examples and for practice. Incidentally, encrypted information for two or more persons may be stored, separately, on a single ICE USB.

ICEmaker offers three options for preparing an ICE USB: two in the folder ICE 4 Any USB and one in the folder ICE 4 SanDisk USB. Once you have decided which option to use, you will copy the option’s content–software and documentation–unencrypted, to the ICE USB (or to the folder ICE USB (proxy), in My ICEmaker). Then that software is used to add/encrypt the information to be secured on the ICE USB (or proxy), e.g., the content of ICE 4 Betty Boop.

Important Note. One thing that ICEmaker does not do is address the content of the the USB drive, i.e., patient health records (PHR) and information needed In Case of Emergency (ICE). The focus in ICEmaker is on the nuts and bolts of encrypting, extracting, and password-protecting USBs.

For an introduction and guide to personal health records, Microsoft’s free HealthVault and PHR on mobile device apps, visit other parts of this PHR4us weblog. For information about ICE programs and useful mobile ICE apps, google ‘ICE In Case of Emergency’ or visit the prototype for a personal ICE website.


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