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State of Oklahoma Offers 'Invisible Bracelet' Health Benefit
Date:9/17/2009

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- From October 5-30, 2009, State of Oklahoma employees will be in the annual open enrollment process for selecting benefits through the Employees Benefits Council. One of the options will be a new Web service called invisibleBracelet.org (iB) that helps people communicate during medical emergencies.

By registering in advance of ever needing an ambulance, 37,000 State of Oklahoma employees and their family members can protect themselves when seconds can be the difference between life and death. Registered employees sharing vital health details - and all of their In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts - with a growing list of licensed Oklahoma EMS providers. In the event an employee is transported by ambulance, iB enables licensed medics to access the information and automatically notify the employee's ICE contacts simultaneously via mobile text and email.

"Many times, medics have no way of knowing anything about you, your health or your emergency contacts," said Philip K. Kraft, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employees Benefits Council. "As a state employee, it means a great deal that iB is able to speak for me--especially if I'm unconscious or incapacitated after a medical incident or auto accident. We hope many state employees and their families take advantage of this service. For only a few dollars a year, it's an employee benefit anyone can afford!"

All state employee benefits, including iB, will go into effect on January 1, 2010.

State employees will be directed by the state's Benefits Administration System to another secure Web site in order to provide basic information such as allergies, medications, health conditions and insurance.

Participating employees will receive a membership card that contains stickers and fobs with a unique iB personal identification number (PIN) that can be plac
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