Product Review: My ID Square Medical ID

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It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week, and a product review of an awesome medical ID is perfect timing. Having your child wear a medical ID is an effective way to raise awareness year round, while making his allergies clear!  Something this cool looking is sure to be a conversation starter.  I was so excited when My ID Square contacted me about doing a review.  My son has a bracelet ID that he doesn’t really like to wear, so I’m hoping this one will be one that he can tolerate.

.My ID Square Product Review-Mom Vs. Food Allergy

About My ID Square:  There are several different types of products/IDs that this company offers.  The main feature of their IDs is a QR code that, when scanned, will show a medical profile of the wearer.  This is such a wonderful, convenient feature, especially in today’s smart phone world.  On the opposite side of the ID there is a website & code that can be entered so also view the medical profile.  You can set up the medical profile one their website in just a few minutes.  I added emergency contacts, info about my son, including his picture, allergies, medications, and special directions.  I picked the dog tag style ID, and I love the look of it.

Product Review-My ID Square-Mom Vs. Food Allergy

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What I like about My ID Square:  I love the designs and the bold, modern look (and durability, too!).  These IDs will definitely catch someone’s eye in an emergency while still looking cool and stylish on older children who may be concerned with fashion.  I love the fact that my son’s medical information can be reviewed very quickly in an emergency if I am unable to be present.  Having symptoms of anaphylaxis listed in his profile and when to use epinephrine is priceless.  These IDs are not just geared for food allergies, but also fitting for other health conditions such as autism, diabetes, and heart conditions.  I entered 4 emergency contacts that would be notified by text and email if the QR code was scanned in an emergency.

What I don’t like about My ID Square:  Their wasn’t a MedAll Tag (tag or charm that provides a quick and easy visual alert to the allergy or medical condition) to fit our needs to go with the ID.  I would love to have added a “Multiple Food Allergies” tag to go with our ID.  Something customizable would be perfect!  The bracelet IDs look pretty feminine (perfect for the princess in your life), so that left us needing the dog tag style.  The dog tag style wouldn’t be suitable for a younger child due to it being a choking hazard, so take a look around their products first and see if they have one that would fit your child.  My only other concern, is that not everyone will have a QR Reader on their smart phone…but that’s probably Anxiety-Filled-Food-Allergy-Mom-Syndrome.

Want to know more?  Visit the My ID Square FAQ page to get your questions answered.  

Overall, I give this product a THUMBS UP!  What a wonderful concept of the QR code to get instant access to the medical info coupled with a modern, colorful look in convenient styles.  My ID Square has graciously provided a coupon code, exclusive to Mom Vs. Food Allergy readers on your next purchase.  Use coupon code momversusfoodallergy to get 15%  off on your purchase at http://www.myidsquare.com

**These opinions are my own.  I am not an employee of My ID Square and I did not get paid for this post.  I did receive one Squid Tag to review for the purpose of this post.  Thanks, My ID Square!  

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15 thoughts on “Product Review: My ID Square Medical ID

  1. It’s not an anxiety filled food allergy mom syndrome. I don’t have a smart phone so no qr code for me for sure! That’s a real valid worry that not everyone will have a phone to scan for the info.

    • Lucy,
      You’re right, it is a valid fear. Even if someone has a smart phone, there’s a big chance they won’t have a QR code reader. Thanks for commenting!

      • I’m a paramedic from Ontario Canada and also a mother of a six yr old son who is Ana to peanuts and almonds, we avoid all tree nuts too. I don’t have a data plan on my smart phone and unless there is free wifi in the area, I don’t think I’d be able to scan. I know our phones in our ambulances don’t have data plans, some of my coworkers have personal phones that would work, but ot all. Myself personally I like one I can flip over and read info on it quickly. It is a good idea though. For now my son is happy to wear his allerbling bracelet, but who knows when he will start to resist.

        • I’m glad I’m not the only one concerned about a first responder (paramedic or not) being able to access the info. It’s a great idea, just worries me.

  2. Great review! I actually have a My ID Square SquID Square (bracelet) and love it. There is actually a website address and unique code on the back of the SquIDs that can be used to access the medical information. You don’t have to scan the QR to get the info So the info is available two ways- scanning is faster since you don’t have to type in the website address and code. So have no fear! Also, I’ve been told by the people at My ID Square that they’re going to have a custom engraved option sometime soon. They will not be offering a charm for my allergy to kiwi!

    • Grace,
      I forgot about being able to use the website/code, but that would be even slower. The good thing is, is that before long everyone that has a cell phone will have a smart phone….now if they would all have a QR Code reader 😉

      • I just thought it was a little inaccurate to say that the only way to access the information was by a scan. I like that there are two ways to get the info so that if an EMT finds my child, they can definitely get the information they need if they don’t have a scanner. I think its a huge plus and a great feature of the product.
        Thanks!

        • Although I mentioned the QR code being the main feature of the ID, I didn’t say it was the only way to access the info. Either way, if the first responder happens to be a 65 year old with a flip phone, the ID is useless. That’s where I’m coming from….not everyone has access to internet at their finger tips….and that’s why we won’t use it as my son’s main form of medical identification. Thanks for commenting and bringing this up.

        • If an EMT comes across your child they might not be able to scan the code or access the Internet if they don’t have a data plan on their phone, so its scares me that you write they defintely will. Some don’t. I don’t, but do have a smart phone. Our phones in our ambulances don’t have the capabilities to read QRs or visit websites either. It’s an extra expense for services to enable wireless Internet and IMO I don’t think most (in Ontario anyhow) will. Being a paramedic for over 15 yrs (I’m 36), I’ve always looked for medic alerts, a medical card carried on the person, or an info sheet. Good product, but good to have a back up for those of us who are apparently in the stone ages. Myself I don’t plan on paying more money just to get Internet available on my phone.

          • Melissa,
            Actually, I agree with you! Maybe you misinterpreted what I was trying to say, but I did state “My only other concern, is that not everyone will have a QR Reader on their smart phone…”

            It does scare me that the info on this Medical ID is not available at a glance, so we’re on the same page. I will not be using this as my son’s only form of Medical ID because of this reason, like you stated, that EMTs can’t access the info any easier than someone else with/without a smartphone. The overall idea of the ID is good, but not foolproof.

            Thanks for commenting and reading!
            -Rachel

          • I understand your concern that an EMT may not have a QR reader. If you go to the hospital, they will have internet access and you don’t need a QR reader to get the info on My ID Square’s squids. They also have a URL and code that you can use from any internet browser. Hospitals need to know what medications, foods etc you are allergic to plus more. Medication errors are the biggest cause of medical errors so knowing what medications you are taking is really important. The medical info that you can put in your My ID Square account contains more then just what an EMT needs. In addition, my son also has a dog tag that has his penicillin allergy on it so that immediate alert is also available. I think My ID Square’s products are the most powerful medical jewelry on the market. The QR codes are a nice added feature but they have everything else the medic alert has and more.

  3. I’ve had a MedicAlert bracelet for years, and it’s great! It also comes with a code to access medical info(no QR code), but it does have an allergy engraving right on the back. Mine says “Anaphylaxis to peanuts, all nuts. Asthma” and has my ID number below. You also get an ID card listing all your allergies/medical conditions (the size of a credit card). I LOVE them! I can’t recommend them enough.
    Personally, I’d be really worried about having a medical ID that does not list my worst allergies, so I’ll be sticking to MedicAlert.
    But it’s really helpful to see what else is out there!

    • I’m a nurse and came across on the My ID Square medical ids recently. It was great – we were able to get all of the medical history and were able to contact their family members very easily, which was really important for this particular patient. Most importantly, the medical information contained the patient’s current medications that she was taking which were very needed. We find the medic alert bracelets are often hard to read because the engraving becomes wears off after a while. Tehy may be helpful for EMTs but for getting good care in a hospital, My ID Square is far better, hands down.Also we prefer not having to make a phone call for additional information. I think the My ID products are a great new idea, and will be invaluable in a hospital or doctor’s office. We were impressed in the hospital and are now telling everyone about them. I’m a huge fan!

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