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January 07, 2013

HealthID Profile Provides First Responders with Essential Patient Information via NFC

Lifesaving technology sometimes is surprisingly simple to use. One example comes from HealthID Profile, which offers critical information on a patient’s chronic diseases and personal health to healthcare providers. It provides information quickly to doctors and other professionals, such as first responders, that can direct emergency treatment. It’s available even if a patient cannot immediately communicate details on his/her condition.

To provide this all-important service, HealthID Profile (HIP) offers a mobile solution which uses HIP Medical ID Bands, and employs near field communication (NFC) technology. NFC is increasingly being used in retail locations and is found on many smartphones and tablets. It’s increasingly being used in the healthcare sector, as well. In fact, NFC is even being used to pay for buses in London, HealthTechZone reported.

Also, each HIP patient is given a unique HIP Code, which is a health ID profile code. It’s made up of letters and numerals. The customer receives the HIP code on a sticker when purchasing the bracelet or band. It’s peeled off and inserted into the medical ID bracelet's open/close section. It’s easily spotted by first responders wherever they may treat a patient, or by other health professionals at a hospital, clinic or physician’s office. All they have to do is enter the unique HIP Code and within a few seconds personnel will see a summary of key medical information.

Also, all the information that was stored in the HIP system is secure. Data is backed up and encrypted with 448-bit Blowfish encryption before it is transferred and sent via a secure 1024-bit SSL tunnel to HealthID Profile Amazon's EC2 data centers.

In addition, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network gives health professionals or first responders quick access to medical information, according to an online statement. It also allows patients to routinely manage their health conditions.

Also, the stylish HIP bands and bracelets employ cloud-based technology, which lets patients add medical information to their HIP bands. HIP technology is also found in HIP activewear.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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