Smartphone technology could help save lives

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 11:48 PM

The same technology that allows people to instantly share pictures and video from their smartphones is also helping save lives. But does it keep your information safe?

The Samsung Galaxy made it easy to bump and share information. That same technology called near field communication, or NFC, could also help save a life.

In 2003, doctors diagnosed Angelo Pitassi III with diabetes.

"It's like taking your child home as a newborn for the first time," said Angelo Pitassi Jr., CEO and co-founder of HealthID Profile.

That helpless feeling inspired Pitassi Jr. to create a Health ID Profile, or HIP.

Users receive a HIP code located on each HealthID product. From there, they input all of their medical information. Their unique HIP code is also printed right on their HealthID band or card.

With a simple tap, Michael Securo can instantly call up his diabetes information.

"I know if I go down, something happens, my sugar bottoms out, someone can get my information, have access to it immediately," said Securo, a HealthID Profile user.

The HIP cards and bands use NFC chips to quickly retrieve a patient's information. A medical alert symbol tips off first responders.

"The phone actually energizes the chip. The chip goes out to the cloud-based service and displays the information on the phone," said Christopher Melo, CTO for HealthID Profile.

If a first responder does not have an NFC device, they can simply go to the website and enter a person's HIP code.

HealthID says they follow HIPAA guidelines and all of the medical information is securely stored.

The NFC band costs $24 and the card is $20.

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