Tech Medical ID Bracelets
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Would you consider a tech medical ID bracelet?
Technology that can save your life
Every single day, medical ID bracelets save lives. People with certain medical conditions, allergies or those who rely on medication to survive, wear these bracelets to inform medical professionals of these issues in the case of an emergency.
If a person is alone and becomes ill, injured or unconscious and there's no family member or friend nearby to speak on their behalf, a medical ID gives first responders critical information that can make a difference in their treatment.
In some situations, having that vital information about someone's medical condition, allergy or medications they take can make the difference between life and death.
Traditional medical ID bracelets typically have pre-printed information, like ‘Diabetic’ or ‘Bee Allergy’, or can be custom engraved with more specific and additional information such as the type of medication needed or an emergency contact number.
As great as these bracelets are, there’s only so much space on a bracelet for medical details to be engraved and any time that information changes, a new ID needs to be purchased and customized. That can get expensive and time consuming.
Technology is changing the way potentially lifesaving medical data about a person can be shared with emergency medical providers, doctors or hospitals.
With tech medical ID bracelets, all it takes is a quick scan of a QR code or a ‘tap’ with an NFC-capable smart phone and medical providers can have instant access to any information a person lists in their online medical profile. This can include their name, address, any medical conditions, allergies, medications taken, emergency contacts, insurance information and more. And, anytime someone needs to update or change that information, it can be done instantly in a cloud-based, online medical profile.
Before I go into detail about some of the specific tech medical ID bracelet brands available on the market today, here’s some basic information about how tech medical ID bracelets work and who can benefit from wearing one.
What is a Tech Medical ID Bracelet?
Each tech medical ID bracelet has a ‘star of life’ symbol that identifies it to medical professionals as a medical alert bracelet. First responders are trained to look for bracelets or necklaces with this symbol.
Tech ID bracelets use technology like QR codes or NFC to instantly access information stored in a person’s customized online medical profile. This can include things like name, photo, medical conditions, allergies, surgeries, emergency contacts or other information.
In addition, most of these bracelets have a unique code or pin number printed somewhere on the band that can be entered into a website to bring up a person’s medical profile. One of the tech bracelet manufacturers also offers a free 24/7 operator who can relay a person’s medical data to medical providers over the phone.
Tech ID Medical bracelets typically don’t cost more than traditional medical ID bracelets. The current prices for the most popular brands of bracelets range from $20.00 to $65.00 US Dollars. The average one costs about $30.00 US.
MyID™ Sport Medical ID Bracelet
MyID Sport Bracelet
How Do Tech Medical ID Bracelets Work?
Once you purchase a tech medical ID bracelet, you go the company’s website (instructions will be given with your product’s packaging) and create an online profile connected to your bracelet’s unique ID code or Pin Number. You can enter as much or as little information you choose.
Most people list their name, contact information, medical condition(s), medications, any allergies or anything else relevant to their health. You can also add your photo, emergency contact information, insurance information, and your doctor’s name & contact information.
If you’re wearing your bracelet and have a medical emergency, medical providers will identify your bracelet as a medical ID and be able to access your information through the QR code, NFC technology, a website or a toll-free phone number. This information is printed clearly on your bracelet. (The specific ways medical providers can obtain your profile varies slightly by bracelet manufacturer. More on this later.)
For those with certain medical conditions or allergies, knowing that all of this vital information can be accessed through a small, lightweight bracelet on their wrist can offer peace of mind.
Parents of children with medical conditions can feel safer knowing that even during times they’re not with their child, the bracelet carries important information if there’s an emergency.
If your medical condition(s) or medications change, all you do is update your online profile. There’s no need to worry about purchasing a new bracelet or having another tag engraved with the new information and waiting for it to arrive.
If you’d like to have more than one tech medical ID bracelet (in a different color, for example), just add the new bracelet to your online profile and it’ll be able to access the same information as your current bracelet. (This only works when you purchase bracelets from the same company)
MyID™ Medical ID Band Video
HealthID's NFC Medical ID Bracelet and ID Card (Below)
Tech Medical ID Bracelet FAQ’s:
Will medical providers know my bracelet is a medical ID?
--Yes, medical providers are trained to look for any type of medical bracelet or necklace a person is wearing. The ‘star of life’ that's on each tech ID bracelet will let them know it’s a medical ID.
What is a QR Code?
--It’s a matrix-style, square-shaped bar code that brings up a specific webpage when scanned with a smart phone, tablet or laptop. In the case of a tech medical ID bracelet, it will bring up your online health profile.
What is NFC technology?
--NFC stands for Near Field Communication. It’s a technology that allows many electronic devices to communicate with a quick tap. Android, Windows and Blackberry smart phones currently work with this technology and it’s rumored that the iPhone 6 will also be NFC capable.
What if a first responder doesn’t have a smart phone?
--Each tech medical ID bracelet has a unique code or pin number that can be entered into a website to access someone’s online medical profile. One of the bracelet manufacturers mentioned in this article also has a live operator available 24-hours a day by calling a toll-free number listed on the bracelet.
Does it cost anything to store my health profile online?
--This varies by company. Currently, both of the companies mentioned in this article offer free online medical profiles with the purchase of one of their products. One of the companies offers a free basic profile for life, but a premium profile costs $9.95 annually after the first year.
Is my medical information safe?
--The companies that make these bracelets place a very high priority on having secure websites to host your personal medical information. If you ever lose your tech medical ID bracelet, immediately contact the company you purchased it from and they can freeze your account so your information can’t be accessed. Some companies allow you to do this yourself by logging in to your online profile.
Can a child wear these bracelets?
--Definitely. Some bracelet brands have adjustable bands and others have smaller size bracelets made especially for children. See each specific product for details about whether a bracelet will work for a child.
Do I need to have a medical condition to wear one?
--No. You can buy one to wear as an ID and list your emergency contacts and insurance information.
What if I lose my bracelet?
--Contact your bracelet’s manufacturer right away and they’ll lock your profile or log into your profile and you may be able to freeze it or deactivate it from there, depending on which company you purchase the bracelet from.
Do these bracelets need batteries?
--No. All of the information is available through a QR code, NFC or using a pin number. No batteries are required.
Who Might Need a Tech Medical ID Bracelet?
People with certain medical conditions or allergies, who need medication to survive or are taking certain types of medications like blood thinners, can benefit from wearing a tech medical ID.
Tech Medical ID bracelets are also perfect for children with health conditions or dangerous allergies. Even if a child is old enough to know about their condition, they may not know what medication they take, especially in the event of an emergency.
If you’re not sure if you or a family member should be wearing a medical ID, check with your doctor or health care provider.
A few common reasons to wear a medical ID bracelet include:
- Heart Conditions
- Allergies to foods or medications
- Thyroid Conditions
- Lap Band Surgery
- Recent Surgery
- Pace Makers
- The Elderly
Tech Medical ID bracelets are even helpful for those without any serious health conditions. They can be used as identification and to list family contacts in the event of an illness, injury or accident.
Frequent travelers, mountain climbers, bikers, hikers, motorcyclists, horseback riders and joggers are just of the few of the people who might want to consider wearing a tech ID. Most of these ID bracelets are made with long-lasting, flexible, waterproof bands, so they’ll hold up no matter what outdoor or extreme sports someone does.
Tech Medical ID Bracelets vs. Traditional Medical ID Bracelets
One of the biggest advantages of wearing a tech medical ID bracelet instead of a traditional medical ID bracelet is the ability to give far more detailed information about your condition if you choose, to list your doctor's names and phone numbers, emergency contacts, allergies, medications taken and more.
When any of this information changes and needs to be updated, you can just go to a website and enter your most up-to-date information.
Most tech medical ID bracelets do not list specific medical information on the bracelet itself since everything is accessible through the QR code, NFC or the pin number. Some people prefer the privacy this allows instead of nearby strangers being able to glance at anything you have engraved on a traditional medical ID bracelet.
Many of the tech ID bracelets have a stylish, sporty look and the average person might not even know you’re wearing a medical ID bracelet. If you prefer privacy regarding your health issue, this is another reason a tech medical ID bracelet is the way to go.
The HealthID Medical ID Bracelet with NFC
Rock Climber Sasha DiGiulian Discusses MyID Bracelets
MyID™ – The Medical ID Bracelet with QR Code Technology
Endevr, the company that makes MyID bracelets, offers several different styles of tech medical ID bracelets and bands with prices ranging from $19.95 to $79.00.
Their bracelets have three ways for medical responders to access your information:
1) By scanning a QR code that’s printed on the inside of your bracelet.
2) By entering a pin number that’s printed on your bracelet into a website.
3) By calling the toll-free number printed on your bracelet and giving your pin number. Endevr has a live operator available 24/7.
Endevr has bracelet styles for every taste and style, from the sporty MyID Sport Band, to the MyID Luxe, which has a more professional look.
Current styles include the MyID Sport, MyID Sleek, MyID Luxe and MyID Cadence.
Large photos and more product details can be found at Endevr's MyID page.
MyID also offers sliders for some specific medical conditions that can be added to some of their bracelet styles.
Endevr’s MyID bracelets are waterproof, lightweight and adjustable.
Some of their styles come in different sizes, others are adjustable or one-size fits most. Check with each bracelet’s product page to make sure you’re ordering the proper size for yourself or your family member.
People who travel will appreciate that their online medical profile will detect the location where the bracelet is scanned and translate their medical information to the local language.
Their bracelets also have a Lifetime Warranty.
A free for-life basic online medical profile is included with MyID bracelets.
A premium online medical profile is also free for the first year.
After the first year, it’s currently $9.95 annually for a premium online medical profile, but a basic online medical profile will continue to be free for life.
Since your medical information is stored online, you can easily update or change it at any time of the day or night, no matter where you are.
Endevr’s MyID Bracelets can be purchased from Endevr.com, on Amazon.com, eBay and LaurensHope.com. There are other stores and websites that carry MyID products as well. Endevr’s site has a store locater tab on the top of their page.
The Luxe by MyID
An Example of a MyID Health Profile
MyID™ Free Sticker Kit
HealthID Medical ID Bracelets with NFC Technology
The HealthID Medical ID Bracelet uses NFC technology to allow the information stored in a person’s online HealthID profile to be accessed by simply ‘tapping’ an NFC-capable smartphone to the front of the bracelet.
At the present time, NFC technology can be found on most Android, Windows and Blackberry smartphones. The current iPhones don’t have NFC, but it’s rumored that the iPhone 6 will be NFC-capable.
The HealthID Medical ID Bracelet also has a ‘HIP Code’ (Health ID Profile Code) that’s printed on the outside of the bracelet for easy access in the case of an emergency. So if an NFC-capable smartphone isn’t available, the HIP code can be entered into HealthID.com on a smartphone, computer or tablet and this instantly brings up a person’s health profile.
The HealthID Medical ID Bracelet is fully adjustable, constructed from durable silicone rubber, completely waterproof, is perfect for both kids (ages 3 and up) and adults.
It offers a 90-day warranty and currently retails for $24.00 US.
A Video Overview of HeathID's Medical Band
HealthID's NFC Medical ID Bracelet in Black
Medical ID Card with NFC
HealthID also offers a high-tech Medical ID card that uses NFC technology and a HIP code to give medical professional the ability to view a person’s online health profile. The ID card also retails for $24.00 US or can be purchased as a combo with the HealthID bracelet for $40.00 US. These cards are great to keep in purses, bags, a wallet or for kids to keep in their school backpacks.
When you purchase a HealthID Medical ID Bracelet or ID Card, you’re given a free online health profile. There’s no annual fee with these products to keep your medical information online.
Hi-Tech Medical ID Card from HealthID
Other General Facts for the HealthID Medical Bracelet:
- You can add as many bracelets or ID cards to your account as you wish.
- You can add or delete them at any time.
- If you lose your bracelet or ID card, log into your HealthID account and ‘deactivate’ that particular product so it can’t be accessed.
HealthID's Online Medical Profile - Mobile Health Manager
The Mobile Health Manager at HealthID.com goes beyond the standard online medical profile. All the basics (name, photo, medical conditions, allergies, emergency contacts, vaccinations, etc.) can be saved on your profile.
This free site also lets you manage chronic illnesses (like diabetes or high cholesterol) with tracking graphs, sign up to receive medication reminders by text or e-mail and even upload and store your MRI’s, EKG’s, X-Rays and Lab Results so all of your medical information is in one secure site that can be accessed from anywhere on a computer, smartphone or tablet, even when you’re traveling far from home.
For more information on HealthID, visit HealthID.com.
Where Can I Purchase a Tech Medical ID Bracelet?
MyID Medical ID Bracelets and Products:
MyID brand bracelets can be purchased at Amazon.com, eBay.com, LaurensHope.com and Endevr's MyID Site. There are numerous other websites and stores that sell these online. To locate a store near you that sells these ID's, visit Enderv.com and click on their 'Store Locator' tab on the top right of the home page.
HealthID Medical ID Bracelets and Products:
HealthID brand bracelets are also available on Amazon.com, eBay and HealthID's Online Store. Other websites may also carry these bracelets.
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