Windows Phone, NFC and Imagine cup; changing how your receive medical care

We all likely know someone who wears a wristband to alert medical professionals of any allergies or chronic diseases in case of an emergency. These wristbands are an old-fashion way to make sure that anyone who needs to assist you, has all of your important vitals at their disposal by reading the band on your wrist.

One team from Cyprus, who is competing in Microsoft's 2013 Imagine Cup competition, has created a solution that takes these wristbands and brings them into the 21st century. Team Nudge from Cyprus developed a wristband that stores all of your medical information and it can be accessed with a Windows Phone that has NFC capability.

The inspiration for the team came from their colleague who wears a medical bracelet that alerts medical professionals to their chronic diseases/allergies in case of an emergency. By creating a new band that has NFC capabilities, the transmission of information from the band to the caregiver takes only a few seconds and can provide significantly more detail about the individuals medical needs than the existing solution.

The idea is quite simple, if you have need to wear a medical wristband you can input your information into an NFC capable band whose information can be accessed by a Windows Phone. The information can then be distributed to the necessary parties to make sure you receive the proper medical care.

Microsoft's Imagine Cup is all about taking existing technologies and finding new uses that serve the greater community. Team Nudge is one of the many teams that will be headed to worldwide finals in Russia and if you want to read more about the teams headed to the finals, follow this link.

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I have issues with this in that as you wear it, anyone with a NFC windows phone can download and know your health which, in the US is a Hipaa violation. can this be encrypted? then this would be a mute issue.

Great point. Anytime you're dealing with PII, PHI and HIPPA data... they will never get off the ground if they don't demonstrate security and the controls around this data.

Hello guys, Actually, I watched their presentation and they presented a security scheme as well. The have a separate security scheme for the owners of the wristband, the medical personel and the public.

What a load of ****.
Advantages of this is you care store more information.
Disadvantages (those I can think of) can only be read by a phone with nfc, prone to getting damaged by water, won't work in an airport or somewhere with lots of interferance, phone needs to have software to read it on, bit rot will make the tag unusable, it wastes time whilst a medical professional ****s around with some device trying to read a specific tag (and none others that might also be in it's scanning radius) to see what's wrong with someone when the commonly used printed tags works bloody fine as is.

This is probably one of the most pathetic attempts of cashing in on something with a proposed worse standard that the current standard.

Dont need a phone to read NFC chips, any device with the NFC hardware will do. Which will be cheap to add to a ambulance considering the thing is expensive anyways. It is just developed on Windows Phone... cause it's a Microsoft hosted contest.
Also you can easily block out many of the interferences by some sort of radio waves isolated blanket you put around the persons arm and the device while reading out the data. maybe takes a few seconds more, but its solveable.

Wastes time? Some people have many allergies or take a bucket load of medicine, you simply cannot write that all down on a medical bracelet.... It only speeds it up since rather then questioning a database, any person with a medical background can then read out the information and hopefully help accordingly.
NFC is common on phones, i'm sure a fancy doctor can afford one with NFC especially if he knows he can help better in possible medical emergencies.

Even if it saves one life, its worth it.

Common, yeah right, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L..._NFC-enabled_mobile_devices
I'm by no means a fan of apple but I'm pretty sure their devices are as much if not more widespread than most of manufacturers, so there's a huge hole in your system.
Why should ambulances have to be outfitted with NFC readers, bracelets work fine.
You don't need every single problem with you listed on a bracelet, it's meant for urgent problems with you or things that might affect you if given such as certain drugs, they don't need to know if you've got IBS or whatever - that's not actually important if you've collapsed as the side of a road.
'Also you can easily block out many of the interferences by some sort of radio waves isolated blanket you put around the persons arm and the device while reading out the data.'
Haha so now they've got to have special blankets? Even more of a joke.

Someone very close to me would need to wear a bunch of bracelets. Depending on the days events, they may travel with 4 prescriptions or 10. They also carry a folder around with pertinent medical info, it is a thick folder.

The idea behind this tech is a great idea. In time the devices will shrink in size to become more practical and maybe even be embedded in a bracelet similar to what you are talking about.

As for outfitting health professionals with NFC readers, there are options that plugin to the headphone jack for iPhones and I'm sure someone will create a case for iPads that incorporate an NFC reader for medical professionals.

Where you see a silly idea, some of us with different life experiences see a great idea.