During open enrollment in October, state employees in Oklahoma had a chance to register for a new benefit that shares their health information with medical providers during an emergency.
Employees who opted for the benefit registered personal information (name and address, along with vital health information such as allergies and current prescriptions) for themselves and their families. Each person got a sticker with a code to attach to his or her driver’s license. In the event of a car accident, heart attack or other emergency that renders the employee unable to communicate with emergency medical technicians, the EMTs can use that code to access the patient’s information via computer.
Docvia, the Tulsa firm that created the “Invisible Bracelet,” charges $5 per employee to sign up and $3 a year to renew.
“For only a few dollars a year, it’s an anyone can afford,” says Philip K. Kraft, executive director of the Oklahoma Council. “As a state employee, it means a great deal that [the Invisible Bracelet] is able to speak for me—especially if I’m unconscious or incapacitated after a medical incident or auto accident.”
The service will also notify the employee’s next of kin of the emergency.
A handful of Oklahoma businesses are also signing up employees for the Invisible Bracelet as part of their health benefit.
Contact: Chris Zenthoefer of Docvia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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