Old is gold — this terms applies in many cases except when technology is concerned. Founded in 1953 MedicAlert is still working with their old solutions of the 50s — a bracelet or a necklace which contains a unique ID. And once the first responder accesses the unique ID, they can call the MedicAlert organization, when the Medical records and or Medical history are exchanged over the phone with law enforcement officers or the first responders.
The image shows how the MedicAlert system works.
MedicAlert system is outdated and this is how
The wirstbands and necklaces are non-electronic device — in a world of wearables. These IDs mostly likely would be hidden behind a clothing and would not be noticed in an emergency. Many times in an accident, first responders may not be able to get physical access.
MedicAlert — is an “Out of sight, out of mind” ID. Most times first responsder and emergency staff will not know that a person is wearing it.
Precious time is lost in locating ID, calling MedicAlert, reaching an operator and obtaining the medical history and record. This takes precious time away from attending to the person in need.
The new Medical ID Tag System
An ideal Medical ID Tag should have the following properties:
- Small and discreet RF device generating a lower power ID. This enable the law enforcement offices and volunteers to locate the person using their smart phones
- Should be able to participate in the power of the crowd in help and rescue process rather than depend on a small set of first responders.
- Smart phone owned by law enforcement officials will automatically bring up the Medical history of the person — saving time.
Based on the vision of electronics Medical ID, wandering protection using crowd GPS. Sanjay Chadha of Safety Labsenvisioned a system which seamlessly brings together safety, wandering protection, power of crow d to bring peace of mind to families with members with Dementia or with children with Autism and created Safety Anchor.