REVIEWER: Jorge Mercado, principal architect, Software Architecture Group for MedicAlert Foundation.

BACKGROUND: MedicAlert, a nonprofit organization with 4 million members worldwide, is best known for the medical bracelets worn by our members. The bracelets let doctors and other health care providers know if there is a particular medical condition that must be recognized in an emergency situation. In recent years, we have moved more deeply into health care information services. Members log in to our systems to manage their personal health records while maintaining security, privacy and confidentiality. Our MedicAlert repository facilitates the delivery of critical medical information between patients, providers, payers and emergency responders around the clock and across the world. This service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based system gives us a high level of interoperability with other health service organizations such as hospitals, doctorsÂ’ offices, labs, pharmacies and health care payers.

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