Health Center participates in technology pilot

California State University, Stanislaus is teaming with Turlock-headquartered MedicAlert Foundation and two major technology firms to test the use of a medical identification process designed to improve access to student health information.

The CSU Stanislaus Student Health Center is the test site for the 90-day pilot project, which got under way on March 1. Some 200 CSU Stanislaus students are expected to volunteer for participation in the program that will demonstrate the application of Radio Frequency Identification Detection (RFID) data from an identification card.

MedicAlert, one of the world's leading providers of personal health records and identification on a 24-hour emergency basis, is working with Advanced Micro Devices and Siemens IT Solutions and Services on the project that is focusing on improving and expediting access to student health information.

"We are honored that world class organizations such as MedicAlert Foundation, Advanced Micro Devices, and Siemens have chosen our University for this innovative project to improve access to student medical information," CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said. "It is my belief that the success of this pilot will have broad implications for medical records and patient health across the nation."

Paul Kortschak, President and Chief Executive Officer of MedicAlert Foundation, said the introduction of the new identification detection method can help eliminate the financial and technical barriers to accessing critical student health information. "Medical personnel will have access to electronic health information that could save a student's life," Kortschak said.

Student volunteers who participate in the pilot project will receive a one-year free subscription to MedicAlert Membership and a special plastic RFID enabled ID Card. They will also be eligible to win one of eight cash prizes.

Participating students will be asked to go to the Health Center weekly during the project period and swipe their cards over a special reader that will send selected student medical information to a computer in the Center. All student information will remain confidential. MedicAlert will analyze the project information at the end of the project to determine the effectiveness of the system.

Media Contacts:
Stacey Morgan-Foster, CSU Stanislaus Vice President for Student Affairs, (209) 667-3177
Denice Barr, CSU Stanislaus Student Health Center Director, (209) 667-3396
Ramesh Srinivasan, Vice President Business Development, (209) 669-2407