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There are different types of medical identification (ID) tags currently in use. The most common medical ID is jewelry such as a bracelet or tag that you wear around your neck. These tags have a logo or inscription indicating a particular medical condition. There is now new technology available that allows you to carry your own information on a USB device (flash drive).
What is a USB Medical ID Tag?
A USB personal medical ID tag is a digital device that holds your emergency information and your health history. Any emergency service, ambulance, rescue squad, or doctor with a laptop computer can have instant access to all of your personal health information. This device is easily identifiable as a medical alert tag. It can be worn on the body or put on a key chain. There is even one brand flat enough to be carried in a wallet.
Why is it better than a regular ID tag?
Medical jewelry tags have limited information available, including information about Medicare. Because the USB medical identification tag is a digital device, it can carry much more information than a metal tag. Since it is loaded into a computer, it can also be updated as your medical history changes.
How do you use it?
The device is simple to use.
You can buy just the USB device, plug it into a USB port on your computer, and fill out the form yourself with as much information as you need.
You can also order one from a company that will get your medical records, digitally scan and organize them on your USB medical tag, and then send it to you. They will also update your records as needed.
How safe is it?
The USB device is very secure. Information on the device is protected with a username and password. No files or software are added to your computer. All medical records are encrypted for your safety.
Where do I get it?
There are many companies that carry this device. Your doctor may be able to give you a contact. You can also look for companies on the Internet.
How much does it cost?
The device sells for about $29.95 - $39.95. For a monthly subscription fee, some companies will compile and update your medical records as your information changes.