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Consumers Encouraged to Add Personal Health Records (PHR) to Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Date:6/23/2009

35 Million U.S. Residents At Risk with Atlantic Hurricane Predictions; Are Their Medical Records Safe?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- With hurricane season upon us, more than 35 million Americans are at risk for Atlantic hurricanes, and potentially so are their medical records. According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration forecasters, there is a 70 percent chance of having nine to 14 named storms, of which four to seven could become hurricanes.

While many lessons were learned after Hurricane Katrina, according to health officials, U.S. residents should not forget the simplest one: patients should be well-advised to take on basic record keeping of their personal health records since so many physicians' records were washed away forever. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on hurricane and disaster preparedness, "It is important for health care workers to have a simple and reliable way to learn information about past and new health concerns for people receiving help."

Enter eMed-ID, the world's first medical identification franchise, providing consumers with a Personal Health Record (PHR) USB device that will expedite emergency responders treatment of trauma victims or those unable to communicate by offering immediate access to medical information that helps consumers avoid life-threatening delays in treatment, medical or surgical complications, allergic reactions and medication errors. The portable PHR USB device, utilizing eMed-ID's proprietary software, comes in a variety of options, including wristband, credit card style and keychain.

eMed-ID offers consumers who purchase the tax-deductible eMed-ID package for $69.95 a PHR USB device, four eMed-ID caregiver cards, two eMed-ID In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.) refrigerator cards and a bound report. In addition, eMed-ID is the on
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