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The bracelet that can save your life

Smart, wearable device allows quick, easy access to patient medical information.

The generic, plastic and ever-so-unflattering hospital bracelet is getting an upgrade.

MyMDband is a wearable QR code developed by an Israeli company that empowers patients and informs doctors to prevent medical errors and save precious time. It uses a database of digital medical records to access necessary information for the patient wearing the device. 

“MyMDband is like taking your personal physician with you wherever you go,” said Elly Gorodetzer, who developed the device along with his nephew, Gidon Rogers. "It contains a person’s entire medical history, which paramedics and hospital personnel can access immediately – even in a foreign language."

The MyMDband can be scanned with a smartphone. The MyMDband can be scanned with a smartphone. (Photo: MyMDband)

The bracelet’s "brain" is the patent-pending technology that powers the database of digital medical records stored by MyMDFile, a provider of EMR (electronic medical records) solutions. The company is extremely security-conscious: all of its products are HIPAA-compliant, meeting the most stringent privacy standards.

But Gorodetzer is equally proud of the design of the bracelet itself.

“MyMDband comprises an adjustable, durable silicon band and stainless steel clasp laser-engraved with a unique, internationally recognized Quick Response (QR) code on the front,” Gorodetzer said. “All parts of the band are fully waterproof; the band requires no maintenance, nor does it have any batteries that need to be recharged."

The whole process is pretty simple. Entering your own information into MyMDband can be done quickly and easily: using a sophisticated yet user-friendly and intuitive online system, it is as simple as checking boxes on a list; and information can be updated at any time by simply logging into an online account. If you prefer, however, there is an option available in your profile to send your doctor’s office a dedicated link, giving them the ability to fill out the form for you. For first responders, the personalized QR can be scanned using a standard smartphone, or with any barcode-scanning application, anywhere in the world. 

So why a bracelet? “There were a number of options we considered,” said Rogers, who is both a trained paramedic and a computer engineer. “A pendant, or a pin, were both in the running as alternatives to a bracelet. In the end, however, a bracelet was the most feasible. When an ambulance arrives on a scene, there are at least two vital signs to be checked: pulse and blood pressure, and possibly the glucose level. All three of these actions require the paramedic to use the patient’s hand. Add to that the fact that medical personnel are trained to look for a medical bracelet, and a bracelet becomes the logical choice.”

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