HealthWatch: Get HIP to Medical Identification

Published 12/01 2013 10:21PM

Updated 12/06 2013 05:58PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Seconds can save lives during a medical emergency and now there is a new "hip" way to quickly retrieve a person's information using NFC technology.

Samsung galaxy made it easy to bump and share information and that same technology called near field communication, or NFC, could also help save a life.

In 2003, doctors diagnosed Angelo Pitassi III with diabetes.

"It's like taking your child home as a newborn for the first time," Angelo A. Pitassi Jr., CEO/Co-founder, HealthID Profile, Inc., told Ivanhoe.

That feeling inspired Angelo Pitassi create HealthID Profile, or HIP, an online mobile health management system.

"We use a cloud based storage solution," Angelo said.

Users receive a HIP code located on each HealthID product that they use to register. From there, they input all of their medical information including MRI's, EKG's, and X-rays.

Their unique HIP code is also printed right on their HealthID band or card.

With a simple tap, diabetic Michael Securo can instantly call up his medical information.

"I know if I go down, something happens, my sugar bottoms out, someone can get my information, have access to it immediately," Michael Securo told Ivanhoe.

The HIP cards and bands use NFC chips to quickly retrieve a patient's information and all come with a medical alert symbol to alert first responders.

"The phone actually energizes the chip. The chip goes out to the cloud based service and displays the information on the phone," Christopher Melo, CTO, HealthID Profile, Inc., told Ivanhoe.

If a first responder does not have an NFC device, they can simply go and enter a person's HIP code.

HealthID says they follow HIPAA guidelines and all of the medical information is securely stored. The NFC band costs 24 bucks and the card costs 20.

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