Just In Time for National Emergency Medical Services Week iPhone Application Assists First Responders and Emergency Personnel

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Emergency Room Physician confirms new iPhone application will be an important tool

National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 17-23rd, a fitting time to introduce an iPhone application that can assist emergency personnel. In an emergency, first responders know to look for the "in case of emergency" contact (ICE) on a cell phone. MyMedID takes that one-step further by allowing first responders and emergency rooms to access critical medical information. Available as an iPhone application download from the Apple iPhone "app store", the icon appears on the iPhone and is available for first responders and emergency personnel.

MyMedID is easy to use for even the novice iPhone owner. Input illnesses, medications, allergies, ICE, preferred hospital, physician's phone numbers, and blood type. It can help to eliminate confusion and drug interactions during medical emergencies. In a non-emergency MyMedID makes it easier to access all pertinent information while at doctor's office or pharmacy.

"I came up with the idea while I was sitting at the table with my three young children," Said Heidi Heller Niehart. "I have a chronic illness and it's always in the back of my mind if something should happen. My children know how to call 911 but there is no way they would know what medications I was taking, how much or what drug or other allergies I have. I hope that I never need to access this information but it's worth the price of a cup of coffee for me to have peace of mind."

The Journal of the American Medical Association states that the number of deaths in U.S. hospitals that are reportedly due to medical errors is disturbingly high. A recent Institute of Medicine report quoted rates estimating that medical errors kill between 44,000 and 98,000 people a year in U.S. hospitals. An average of 195,000 people in the U.S. died due to potentially preventable, in-hospital medical errors according to HealthGrades. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research reports that there are over 2-million serious adverse drug interactions yearly and over 100,000 deaths. Drug interactions are the 4th leading cause of death.

"My Med ID will be a very important tool for first responders and emergency department personnel", said Paulo Berger, MD, a San Diego based Emergency Physician. "First responders will have access to the patient's important medical information in a clear and organized format."

All appropriate agencies are aware of the universal symbol used by MyMedID and know to check cell phones for pertinent information. This includes Highway Patrol Agencies, Police Departments, Fire Departments, Hospital Emergency Rooms and Trauma Centers.

MyMedID was designed by Imadjine and can be downloaded at the Apple iPhone app store at http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=316190717&mt=8 for $.99. You can also visit our website at http://www.mymedidapp.com for more information on how to use the application and for a direct link to the app store. For more on National Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS) visit http://www.acep.org/practres.aspx?id=30212


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