MedicAlert Foundation® Provides Consumers with Tips for Merging Its Medical IDs and Services with New Apple® iOS 8 "Digital Medical ID"

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Original medical ID provider offers instructions for where to best link existing medical ID jewelry and services with Apple's digital medical ID as released with the new iOS 8 mobile operating system

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We encourage our customers who want to use Apple's new Digital Medical ID feature to include their MedicAlert information, including their unique identification number, in the 'medical note' field.

With the recent release of the "Digital Medical ID" feature found within Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system, MedicAlert Foundation has issued tips for its customers on how to best merge the information from their MedicAlert medical IDs with Apple's new feature. MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the medical identification and information services industry and encourages customers to link their physical medical identification jewelry with the new Digital Medical ID feature to further make their information known and accessible to first responders in the event of an emergency.

"We encourage our customers who want to use Apple's new Digital Medical ID feature to include their MedicAlert information, including their unique identification number, in the 'medical note' field" says Andrew B. Wigglesworth, president and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation. "We also suggest that the medical note states 'contact MedicAlert immediately for vital health information' and denotes our live 24/7 emergency response number which is engraved on all MedicAlert medical IDs."

iPhone® users can configure their Digital Medical ID by launching the Health application, tapping the "Medical ID" menu on the bottom right, and selecting "Create Medical ID". iPhone users have the ability to enable the Medical ID to be accessible, even when the phone is locked. However, for MedicAlert customers who have their full health and personal information securely stored with the Foundation, the "contact MedicAlert" call-to-action is the most secure method for communicating any and all personal information.

About MedicAlert Foundation
Established in 1956, the nonprofit charity MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical ID products and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a personal health record and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical ID products alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or other critical information. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. Visit http://www.medicalert.org for more information.

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