MedicAlert was founded over 50 years ago and is the only registered charity with an emergency medical information service. With over 4 million members worldwide, MedicAlert is trusted by emergency health care providers to relay critical lifesaving information when needed.
We don’t just take your emergency record – we make sure that the information is communicated in a manner that emergency health care providers understand.
Our Medical Profile Specialists are trained to know what information is critical to include in your emergency medical profile and on your customized MedicAlert product (ID).
We make sure that everyone who needs MedicAlert can get MedicAlert, not just those who can afford it – as a registered charity, we put your health above all else.
The MedicAlert Foundation story began in the summer of 1953, in the farming community of Turlock, California. While her parents were away on vacation, Linda Collins, the 14-year-old daughter of Dr. Marion Collins, a physician and surgeon, cut her finger badly enough to require a trip to the local hospital.
Following standard protocol, Linda’s uncle performed a skin test before injecting Linda with a full dose of tetanus antitoxin, which contained horse serum. Within moments, Linda went into anaphylactic shock – a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction. The incident nearly killed her.
“My parents realized that if one tiny drop of the antitoxin had produced that reaction I’d probably be killed by a full dose,” she recalled. “Thereafter, when I went away from home for a weekend or to a neighboring town for school events, they’d attach a note to my coat or make me a paper bracelet describing my allergies.”
Linda came up with the concept of a silver bracelet with “Allergic to Tetanus Antitoxin” engraved on the back. Dr. Collins added “MedicAlert” and the symbol of the medical profession to the front. The design was sent to a local San Francisco jeweler who created the first MedicAlert bracelet.
After several years of consulting with other professionals, Dr. Collins established MedicAlert Foundation International, a non-profit, tax-exempt, and charitable organization. Dr. Collins said more than once, “We are not here to make money. We are here to save lives.” He and his family demonstrated that commitment. They invested $30,000 of their own money in the first two years, while contributing countless hours of volunteer time. The “mail room” for the organization in the early years was the family living room.
The Canadian MedicAlert Foundation was established in 1961 and has since protected over 1 million Canadians.
Today, the MedicAlert brand is accessible worldwide.