ID could save your life
epic-ID: Don't leave home without it.
By Harold Glicken
If I took a nasty spill on my morning walk, and suffered broken bones or head injuries, what would first responders need to know right away?
For starters, they’d need to know my name, blood type, whether I have any major medical conditions. They’d want to have several emergency contacts, if there were no answer for the first contact. Then there are issues that they’d need to know after I was stabilized: medical plan, primary physician and preferred hospital.
I never much thought about taking that serious spill until a few weeks ago. When it happened, I was more confused and embarrassed than injured. A passerby offered to call for help, but I got up, dusted myself off and went on my way.
Awhile before my spill, I noticed that a friend was wearing a black wrist band called on epic-ID. She explained that the band had all her pertinent medical information stored on a USB flash drive that connects to a Windows PC or Mac. The friend , a doctor, urged me to get one.
Two weeks after my fall, I finally stopped being in denial and ordered one, which I now wear on my right wrist when I go out walking or driving.
Here’s how it works.
The epic-ID has an adjustable, hypoallergenic silicone wrist band that has a USB connection that can be read by any computer – Mac or Windows. (First responders are trained to look for medical wrist bands.) The USB end of the band connects to computers that first-responders carry on their vehicles. The other end of the waterproof wrist band can by trimmed down to fit your wrist.
Your personal Information is stored on a tiny flash drive on the wrist band itself. It has no battery. There are no monthly fees. It doesn’t connect to the Internet, so your information is safe from identity theft. The only thing you have to worry about is losing the band, and you can guard against that by wearing it all the time – it’s waterproof, too.
Once the USB end of the wrist band is connected to a Windows or Mac computer, there are three sections that pop up immediately.
Personal Information prompts you to type in your name, date of birth, address, blood type and emergency contacts. There’s also a place to import your photo.
From there, you go to the Medical Information tab, where you describe your allergies and whether you’re up-to-date on your flu shot and other immunizations.
Current prescriptions are next, followed by information on prior surgeries and hospitalizations. A family medical history is next.
The third and last form deals with information about your doctor(s), medical group, membership number and extent of your medical coverage. Information can be updated at any time just by plugging the USB end of the wrist band into a PC.
The wrist band also comes with a metal tag that has room for five lines of information (name, emergency contact, medical problems, for example). The plate fits right on the wrist band. opposite the USB connection, which is securely made. The wrist band itself comes in three colors – black, white and red. epic-ID sells a package of 18 wrist bands for $300. A single one costs $50, with the metal plate.
For more information: www.epic-id.com (844-437-4243).