1.BRACELETS AND TAGS
- Engraved bracelets and tags: pieces of jewellery with the name of the medical condition (e.g. epilepsy) engraved and, in some cases, a pin code or password to enter a website where the user's vital information is available.
- QR and NFC bracelets and tags: they allow access to the user's most relevant medical information in three ways, reading the NFC tag inside them with a NFC device (e.g. smartphone), where internet connection is not required, using a QR scanner app which contains the URL of the webpage with the required medical information or entering a code that can be read on the wristband or tag into the provider's webpage.
- Bracelets and tags with an internal waterproof card: just a waterproof card inside the bracelet or tag where the user can write some information with a permanent marker (e.g. emergency contacts, name and medical condition)
- USB embedded bracelets: bracelets with an usb where information is stored.
2. SMARTPHONE HEALTHCARE APPS (for the future development)
- Evergreen Life App (UK): it contains a personal health record module, which includes current medication, medical conditions and allergy information. It helps you to provide a summary of your medical history when you see a health professional. At the same time, you can share your information with family members and carers.It also includes a medication diary and medicine reminders, a health and fitness monitor, a vaccinations diary,etc.
- Apple health record: it contains medication tracking, disease management, nutrition planning and medical research modules.With the patient's approval, researchers can access patient's specific information.
- ClepIO: integration of your medical information in one mobile view. They are now making agreements on interoperability with hospitals and clinical centers in Spain.
- Other apps: provide the health record you have previously uploaded to the app and allow you to set medicine reminders. They can also include other functionalities.
All these solutions present some problems according to our understanding of the existing clinical need. These medical IDs do not present the information in a standardized way. The information inside the tags is often recorded by the owner of the ID and the collected information which is presented in the apps does not follow any standard when it comes to medical records, which can lead to some problems in an emergency situation that could happen in a foreign region (e.g. different language).
These solutions want to make patients more aware of their health, whereas our system is focused on emergency situations. We aim to help patients through providing healthcare professionals the right information in critical medical situations that can happen anywhere and at any time.
Regarding the idea which will be proposed for the future development of the application,other differences will be the way of accessing and managing the information as well as the security protocols involved.