Text-messaged health history program could save your life

ambulance at night
ambulance at night

We text message to ask spouses to pick up milk on the way home from work. And kids risk their thumbs texting. Not to mention their lives doing it while driving. Now, family members can keep tabs on loved ones' health via text.

In between pushing IV fluids, emergency responders are pushing for the web-based emergency health registry invisibleBraclet.org to gain national momentum.

The virtual medical ID system lets EMS crews rapidly learn a patient's health history during a crisis. That access can provide the information necessary to treat -- and save -- lives. It also allows family members to be immediately notified, via text, that their loved one is headed to the hospital.