HERMOSA BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) - EmergencyLink, the free emergency ID network, today announced its first government partnership to provide an entire U.S. county with state-of-the-art emergency medical services. Butler County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Kansas has implemented EmergencyLink to improve the quality of information first responders have and better prepare its 65,000 residents for emergency situations. EmergencyLink's on-demand medical database allows Butler County constituents to securely store and share their important and current medical information, emergency contacts and documents.
Butler County's 55-member EMS staff services an area the size of Rhode Island and responds to 5,500 emergencies each year. The EmergencyLink system helps solve a major problem every county faces when providing care -- limited access to accurate and critical emergency and medical information about their residents. EmergencyLink provides the county's EMS personnel with secure web and mobile access to resident's emergency information profiles to help them provide better care in critical situations.
Butler County EMS, with the assistance of EmergencyLink, is working on several ways to implement the program into its community, including:
- Schools: Butler County aims to have the entire school district utilizing EmergencyLink by the end of 2012 so teachers, school nurses and administrators have important and current medical information about their students, including allergies and medications.
- Local Pharmacies: Pharmacists, who connect with residents on a daily basis, will hand out EmergencyLink brochures to their customers explaining the program.
- Nursing and Special Needs Homes: Enrolled facilities will share accounts with the county and also have access to their own EmergencyLink database, enabling the employees and nurses to help their patients keep an up-to-date profile that covers medications, chronic conditions and medical care wishes.
- High-Risk Work Environments: Butler County EMS works with several companies, including the local oil refinery and chemical transport truck drivers, to offer the program to employees and provide the on-site nurses and fire departments with access to their information.
EmergencyLink supports Butler County's outreach with its proprietary software, including a co-branded website exclusively for the county, mobile applications and marketing materials. The materials will be distributed throughout the county, and will be placed in patient packets so that everyone treated by EMS or the hospital will be educated about the program.
"We are dedicated to providing exceptional emergency services to the residents of Butler County. However, we're challenged by the minimal data available during emergency situations. It's extremely important for us to know someone's medical information, like having diabetes or taking medication," said Major Brandon Russell, MICT, I/C, Butler County EMS. "EmergencyLink solves this critical need. Until now, we have not come across a service or technology that allows us to efficiently and cost effectively roll out a county-wide program."
"Butler County's progressive approach to emergency preparedness is truly impressive. We are thrilled with the partnership and are looking forward to helping communities across the country build out similar programs to prepare their residents," said Chairman and CEO, Michael Soenen.
EmergencyLink also launched its iPhone 5 "Ultimate Safety Device" giveaway today in support of September being FEMA's National Preparedness Month.
Today through the months of September and October, EmergencyLink will be giving away eight new iPhones -- one per week -- to equip people with the ultimate safety device. There are three ways to enter to win: Sign up with EmergencyLink, "Like" EmergencyLink on Facebook or Follow the company on Twitter. To increase their chances, people can do all three. In addition to the new iPhone 5, EmergencyLink will recommend the top five safety apps to turn the iPhone into the ultimate safety device.
For more information on EmergencyLink's services for individuals, families and communities, visit www.EmergencyLink.com.
EmergencyLink is the world's first and only emergency ID network that lets anyone store their important information and documents, easily share those materials with family and friends, and offers a free 24-hour emergency response center to aid members in an emergency. Completely free for members, EmergencyLink's services include a safe and secure website and mobile app. Every member receives account ID tags and cards to put in a wallet, on keychain, running shoes, luggage, kid's backpack, etc. EmergencyLink maintains state-of-the-art security practices certified by Norton Secured. To find out more about EmergencyLink and to sign-up, visit: www.EmergencyLink.com.
About Butler County Emergency Medical Services (BCEMS)
Butler County Emergency Medical Services (BCEMS) is a progressive suburban EMS department dedicated to serving the citizens and visitors of Butler County, Kansas. Situated just outside the Wichita, KS metro area, Butler County is located in south central Kansas and is home to 14 communities and 65,000 people. The professional attendants of BCEMS strive to fulfill the department's PRIDE motto (Professional, Ready, Innovative, Dedicated, & Excellent) each time they are called to serve citizens in need. To learn more about BCEMS, visit www.butlerems.org