Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Partners with MedicAlert Foundation on Vital Program That Can Help Save Lives

6/17/2013
 
"MyVoice" Program Communicates Critical Medical Information in Emergency Situations

McLean, Va. (June 17, 2013) -- For those faced with life-threatening anaphylaxis, communicating the severity of a medical emergency quickly is critical. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and the MedicAlert Foundation are pleased to announce their partnership and the “MyVoice” program, designed to help protect individuals with food allergies with life-saving services.

In an anaphylactic emergency, a MyVoice MedicAlert membership ensures emergency responders and hospital staff receive your child’s or your own medical information within moments. MedicAlert identification products could save a life in the event that a reaction has progressed to the point that an individual becomes incapacitated and cannot communicate. Using medical identification products is recommended in the food allergy clinical guidelines developed by an expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“The MedicAlert Foundation has been a longtime supporter of our organization. We believe this partnership has tremendous benefits to our members and the food allergy community – it is about keeping our loved ones with food allergies safe,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “Emergency responders are trained to look for MedicAlert identification products when treating patients in emergency situations, and we follow the lead of the national clinical guidelines in recommending that every individual with a food allergy wear these potentially life-saving accessories.”

For children with food allergies, a MedicAlert ID can also serve as a signal that will remind those caring for them to avoid serving the child’s food allergen.

“Our partnership with FARE is critical to furthering our shared mission of protecting people during times of need,” said Andrew B. Wigglesworth, president & CEO of MedicAlert Foundation. “For over 50 years, MedicAlert Foundation has been providing vital health information on behalf of our members in all types of emergencies. Through this partnership, our objective is to help ensure individuals with food allergies receive quick and effective treatment in an emergency and that first responders have the necessary information to provide quality care.”

The MedicAlert Foundation stores an individual’s medical information and links it to his or her personalized medical ID. Additionally, a MyVoice MedicAlert membership provides family notification service in the event of an emergency, 24 hours a day. The MyVoice program provides a 10 percent discount on MedicAlert memberships for both adults and children. The Kid Smart and adult memberships through FARE come with a free basic medical ID, or a $10 credit toward an upgraded medical ID product.

The MedicAlert Foundation will donate 20 percent of proceeds from these MyVoice memberships to FARE to help support food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research programs.

For more information, please visit www.medicalert.org/fare.


ABOUT MEDICALERT FOUNDATION
Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a personal health record and a live 24/7 U.S.-based emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. For more information on MedicAlert Foundation, please visit: www.medicalert.org.

ABOUT FARE


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals safe and included. We do this by investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of the disease, providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government and increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter@FoodAllergyFacebookYouTube and Pinterest.

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