MedicAlert Application Puts Patient Information At Physician Fingertips

San Francisco, California (October 27, 2011) – MedicAlert Foundation International, in collaboration with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), announced at ACEP’s 2011 Scientific Assembly in San Francisco, the release of an innovative online application which provides emergency physicians, first responders, and other licensed healthcare professionals with instantaneous access to MedicAlert members’ vital health information. The Protected Emergency Medical Information Service Exchange (PrEMISE℠) is a secure health care provider portal which provides online access to MedicAlert member’s medical and identification information in a medical emergency or other time of need.

The MedicAlert® PrEMISE provides treating professionals with valuable health information including: medical conditions, medications and dosages, allergies, implanted devices, advance directives, emergency contacts, and physician information. The PrEMISE portal is backed by MedicAlert Foundation’s live, 24/7 emergency response telephone service to help further assist emergency professionals.

“In today’s digital environment, MedicAlert Foundation is finding innovative, new ways to empower our members and providers alike,” said Andrew B. Wigglesworth, President and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation International. “Every moment matters during an emergency, and we are making every effort to ensure that our members’ medical information is available in the moments it’s needed to enhance providers’ ability to deliver optimal care and treatment.”

With PrEMISE, MedicAlert member information is available to first responders and emergency medical personnel anywhere in the world where there is access to the internet or a phone. Healthcare professionals and first responders are encouraged to learn more about MedicAlert ® PrEMISE, and register, at www.medicalert.org/emergency. Once registered, authorized users will gain access to patient provided information that will assist in providing faster, safer treatment in times of emergency.

“MedicAlert Foundation’s PrEMISE application will serve as an important tool for the field of emergency medicine,” said ACEP’s President, David C. Seaberg, MD, CPE, FACEP. “Never before has this type of patient information been at our fingertips.”

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and systems to relay vital medical information to emergency responders on behalf of its members so they receive faster and safer treatment. Today, MedicAlert Foundation International services more than four million members in more than 50 countries through its worldwide network of nonprofit affiliated organizations. MedicAlert Foundation International provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a PHR and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

About American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. Visit www.emergencycareforyou.org for more information.

Thursday, October 27, 2011