In an emergency, consider using a free service like EmergencyLink

Walter Mossberg | Wall Street Journal | June 26, 2012

A new digital service called EmergencyLink combines physical and online aids to store and communicate crucial information about medical conditions and personal contacts to medical personnel in an emergency.

EmergencyLink isn't the first or only product designed to aid people in emergencies. GreatCall sells an emergency-alert device backed by a phone service. And there are numerous sites and apps that allow you to store medical information. But EmergencyLink says its advantages are that it allows not just storing of data, but sharing of the data among members, plus a phone service to get the information out and alert contacts—all free of charge.

You can also use EmergencyLink to store a vast array of data, including legal and financial records, wills, advanced medical directives, passports and more.

These are excerpts from an excellent article reviewing EmergencyLink that was written for the Wall Street Journal by Walter Mossberg.

Open Health News' Take: 

As the author Walter Mossberg points out, several other organizations have positioned themselves to offer similar services in case of a medical emergency (e.g. MedIDs, MedicAlert, GreatCalls). Some are free, some require you to pay a fee for the service. In either case, this is the type of service everyone should seriously consider taking advantage of nowadays.   -  Peter Groen, Senior Editor, OHN