Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Do you wear a medical alert bracelet? Tired of the hassle? Check out a virtual medical id bracelet awaits.

What is iB?

* Like a virtual medical ID bracelet, iB is a HIPAA-compliant web service that allows its members to share vital health information during emergencies with local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers.

* iB increases the ability of paramedics to provide proatvie care and save more lives.

* iB improves coordiantion of care for patients transported by ambulance/

* iB members designate "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) contacts that can be immediatley notified via text message opr email when transport is provided.

How it works.

* Patients securely register vital health information (i.e., allergies, medications, chronic conditions, insurance) online so it may be accessed electronically bu authorized EMS providers in an emergency.

* Patient is mailed an iB membership card with a unique PIN printed on stickers for driver's license or ID badge and a key fob for a keychain or backpack.

* Membership is a one-time fee of $5 a person. A yearly renewal fee is only $3. Group discounts are available for 25 plus members.

* Paitent can update their account and ICE contacts as needed or by using auto reminders.

* Register privately and securely online at

- All it takes is a call to your local EMS to have them is FREE!


Scott K. Johnson said...

That is an interesting idea. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Dr.Rutledge said...

Hi Nikki,

Great post. I didn't know virtual medical braclets existed (No reason why they shouldn't).

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It is these small things that we do not know and hurts at the end...thanks for sharing.

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Vince said...

It's a great idea. How are emergency caregivers made aware you're wearing the ib?


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