A Better ICE Pack – Meet ICEBlueButton


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The app enables anyone with an iOS or Android smartphone to ensure that emergency responders can see their health history, and loved ones get notified if they are in an accident or face a medical emergency.ICEBLueButton #3

The ICEBlueButton app allows anyone to create an ICE record on their smartphone and generate a QR code that can be saved on the lock screen, or printed on stickers or magnets.  In addition to providing critical information, when activated, ICEBlueButton will automatically generate an email alert to the user’s emergency contacts.  The ICE stickers can be affixed to almost anything from a bike helmet to a briefcase or backpack.

In an emergency situation, medical personnel or attending bystanders can scan the ICEBlueButton QR code with any broadly available QR code scanner and quickly learn if you have any medical conditions, drug allergies, or other pertinent medical information.

How ICEBlueButton Works

ICEBlueButton provides consumers with the ability to enter emergency medical data and contact information and automated data fed from online Blue Button health records.  Once the ICE record is created, the app generates a QR code unique to the individual and a 4-digit number to unlock access to the individual ICE record.  If you don’t have access to electronic records, you can manually enter the information, which can be a time consuming task using the small virtual keyboard of a smartphone.

When the user’s QR code is scanned, ICEBlueButton’s Auto-Alert function automatically generates email notifications to the user’s emergency contacts. The Auto-Alert includes the name of the person involved in the emergency and a map with the location.

The ICEBlueButton app is designed to link to a developing standard aimed at helping patients stay in control of their medical records.  Blue Button is the name – and symbol –- for the campaign. Wherever you see the Blue Button symbol online, you can download or automatically receive updates in your health records on your computer or mobile app – so when you are meeting with any doctor, you have your own medical history, prescriptions, lab results, etc. at your fingertips.  The federal government is requiring physicians and hospitals to provide Blue Button records to their patients starting in January 2014.  So far, Blue Button has been adopted by over 500 public and private healthcare organizations.

ICEBlueButton is free to download from iTunes and Google Play.  One month of email Auto-Alerts that notify your emergency contacts anytime your QR code is scanned, including a map of the location of where the scan took place is $2.99.  One year of Auto-Alerts is $19.99.

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Gary is an award-winning journalist who has been covering technology since IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. Beginning at NBC News, then at ABC News, Ziff Davis, CNN, and Fox Business Network. Kaye has a history of “firsts”. He was the first to bring a network television crew to the Comdex Computer Show, the first technology producer on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the first to produce live coverage of the Solar Power International Conference, and the creator of the Fox Business Network signature series, “Three Days In The Valley”. Along the way he created the History Channel Multimedia Classroom. He has been a contributor to both AARP’s website and to AARP radio, as well as to a handful of other print and web-based publications where he specializes in issues involving boomers/seniors and technology. He has been a featured speaker and moderator at industry events such as the Silvers Summit and Lifelong Tech Conferences at CES, the M-Enabling Health Summit, and the What’s Next Baby Boomer Business Summit. His column, “Technology Through Our Eyes” appears in half a dozen newspapers and websites across the country.


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