The MedicAlert Foundation, Turlock, Calif., said it plans to provide free personal health records to the families of deployed soldiers and returning wounded military personnel through a partnership with the Sacramento chapter of Operation Homefront, a national not-for-profit that provides emergency support to military troops.
The organizations will initially launch the project in Northern California with plans to expand it nationwide. Under the program, all families of currently deployed or returning, critically injured military personnel in the region that apply through Operation Homefront Sacramento will receive a free MedicAlert membership that includes a PHR maintained in a secure database, as well as 24-hour emergency-response and family-notification services.
"Working with MedicAlert, our troops and their families will be able to efficiently manage important health information and improve the quality of care they receive," Keith Anthony, president of Operation Homefront Sacramento, said in a news release. Founded in 1956, not-for-profit MedicAlert maintains electronic medical records for about 4 million members, which can be immediately accessed by first responders and other medical providers during emergencies anywhere in the world.