MedicAlert Foundation Reminds Americans That Their Healthcare Wishes Matter In Acknowledgement of National Healthcare Decisions Day

(TURLOCK, Calif., April 16, 2013) – MedicAlert Foundation is a strong supporter of National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative that encourages individuals to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. As the leading provider of emergency medical information and identification services, MedicAlert Foundation offers advance directive storage to its members as an added-value service. Additionally, the nonprofit now provides its Advance Directive Management Service to all consumers regardless of whether they are enrolled in a MedicAlert membership plan.

“All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves” said Andrew B. Wigglesworth, president and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation. “Not only do advance directives empower adults to take charge of their care and treatment, these documents are also important in alleviating the stress and burden often weighing on family members who are forced to make healthcare decisions on their loved ones’ behalf during major illness or unexpected medical emergencies and injuries .” To assist individuals and families in creating an advance directive, MedicAlert Foundation provides consumers with the official forms for each State, as well as provisions for managing their advance directives.

With the MedicAlert Advance Directive Management Service, written advance directives are safely and confidentially stored, communicated and made available when and where they are needed. Through this service, MedicAlert Foundation can provide stored advance directives to designated contacts – including family members, a healthcare proxy or agent, or selected physicians and healthcare providers.

When consumers register with the MedicAlert Advance Directives Management Service, they will receive access to the state-authorized forms, along with a number of benefits including live 24/7 emergency response services and a personalized MedicAlert wallet card.

For additional information about National Healthcare Decisions Day and efforts throughout the country, visit www.nhdd.org.

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, intelligent and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a personal health record and a live 24/7 U.S.-based 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. For more information on MedicAlert Foundation, please visit: www.medicalert.org.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013