Frankfort, IL (PRWEB) December 12, 2012
More than 5000 Illinois police officers are now carrying myPHI™ personal health information cards for immediate access to their vital medical information in an emergency situation.
Each myPHI™ card contains a unique Quick Response (QR) code, similar to a barcode, that can be easily scanned by emergency responders, such as police, firefighters, and paramedics, using a smart phone or other scanning device. A toll-free number and the myPHI website offer additional access to a cardholder’s personal health information profile on a 24-hour basis.
The myPHI™ cards were provided to Illinois full-time and retired police officers by the Police Benevolent and Protective Association (PBPA), one of the largest police associations in the U.S. supporting more than 189 local units across the state.
"We are acutely aware of the health risks our officers face,” said Sean Smoot, Director and Chief Legal Counsel of PBPA, “myPHI cards offer medical professionals immediate access to critical information during an emergency. When an officer is down, having even the most basic information, like their blood type, can save a life.”
myPHI™ allows its cardholder members to set up and maintain detailed medical profiles in a convenient and secure Internet-based vault. To safeguard cardholders’ privacy, each profile stores both vital statistics for emergency purposes and more detailed information that requires a password to view. Some of the information that can be kept in the myPHI vault includes medical history, chronic health conditions, blood type, prescriptions and non-prescription medications, allergies, blood transfusion and other directives, emergency contacts, insurance company information, organ donor status, lab results, and more.
“It’s reassuring to know that you or your healthcare providers can easily obtain accurate medical information on yourself or your family members. Once you’re set up, your health information is available anytime and anywhere you need it,” said Peter J. Murphy, president of myPHI, LLC.
Access to health information can also be important while traveling and a safety precaution and convenience anytime. According to HealthGrades, a U.S. company promoting quality and safety ratings for health care providers, 195,000 Americans die each year due to preventable errors. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in every five of those errors is a direct result of lack of immediate access to patient healthcare information.
A myPHI membership can be purchased by consumers nationwide for $19.95. Group discounts are available. Family and friends of PBPA members were provided a discount to purchase $10 memberships.
Each membership includes the QR-coded membership card, quarterly newsletters, unlimited information storage, security, health education links, and round-the-clock telephonic or email support as needed. Activating the cards requires typing personal healthcare information on a secure website form, a task that can be easily managed by computer users. Members are also free to call myPHI member service representatives toll-free for assistance.
Founded in 1936, the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois (PBPA) is Illinois’ oldest full service police association representing full-time and retired sworn police officers in 189 local units. The PBPA is affiliated with the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO). Representing over 270,000 members, NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.
About myPHI, LLC.
myPHI™ LLC, is a privately held company headquartered in Frankfort, Illinois, specializing in the development of software-based solutions related to personal health information for consumers and healthcare providers. Its mission is to increase access to personal health information to improve health, reduce avoidable medical errors, empower consumers to be their own health advocates, and ultimately save lives. To learn more about myPHI, visit https://www.myphivault.com.
Sean Smoot, Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Policemen's Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois (PBPA), phone: (217) 523-5141, ext. 203, email: ssmoot(at)pbpa(dot)org.
Peter J. Murphy, President, myPHI LLC, phone: 888-209-5587, email: pmurphy(at)myphivault(dot)com