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

ly medical identification product that also provides customers with an optional legally-binding healthcare surrogate, HIPAA release and living will. eMed-ID also partners with the "Silver Alert" program, modeled after "Amber Alert," to help protect an increasing number of citizens with cognitive impairments.

"With the hurricane season just getting started, we are strongly encouraging residents in areas at risk to consider adding a personal health record to their hurricane preparedness checklist. Many lives could have been saved during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, if the disaster victims would have had an eMed-ID PHR responder device. Our goal is to prevent that from happening again," said Lonnie Helgerson, CEO, eMed-ID Franchising, LLC.

Customers can obtain a PHR from eMed-ID representatives at www.emed-id.com or by calling 866.607.0411. Once customers receive their package, the process is simple in that all they have to do is complete the forms, send back in the self addressed envelope and within a few days receive their PHR. The PHR USB can be read by any computer with a USB port and can easily be securely updated by the patient at any time.

Additional consumers in need of an eMed-ID PHR USB device, includes the 2.5 million people injured in traffic accidents per year. In the most recent report from 2006, this statistic represents the leading cause of unintentional injury and admittance to an emergency room in an unconscious state, according to the Bureau of Transportation. Also, as reported in the Journal of AHIMA, consider the average time it takes to track down a traffic accident victim's family members and obtain their medical history with notification typically ranging from more than six hours to two days.

"We've all heard talk about the national electronic health records system that will be developed in the next f
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