Health Beat: Get HIP to medical identification
Updated On: Nov 05 2013 04:40:05 PM CST
Seconds can save lives during a medical emergency, and now there is a new "hip" way to quickly retrieve a person's information using NFC technology.
Samsung Galaxy made it easy to bump and share information and that same technology, called near field communication, or NFC, could also help save a life.
Doctors diagnosed Angelo Pitassi III with diabetes in 2003.
"It's like taking your child home as a newborn for the first time," said Pitassi., CEO/co-founder, HealthID Profile Inc.
That feeling inspired Pitassi to create HealthID Profile, or HIP, an online mobile health management system.
“We use a cloud based storage solution,” Pitassi said.
Users receive a HIP code located on each HealthID product that they use to register. From there, they input all of their medical information, including MRIs, EKGs, and X-rays.
Their unique HIP code is also printed right on their HealthID band or card. With a simple tap, diabetic Michael Securo can instantly call up his medical information.
"I know if I go down, something happens, my sugar bottoms out, someone can get my information, have access to it immediately," Securo said.
The HIP cards and bands use NFC chips to quickly retrieve a patient’s information and all come with a medical alert symbol to alert first responders.
"The phone actually energizes the chip. The chip goes out to the cloud-based service and displays the information on the phone," said Christopher Melo, CTO, HealthID Profile Inc.
If first responders don't have an NFC device, they can simply go to the HealthID website and enter a person's HIP code.
HealthID said it follows HIPAA guidelines, and all of the medical information is securely stored. The NFC band costs $24 and the card costs $20.
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