What Are the Pro's & Con's of Medical ID's

By Latest Reply 2010-06-30 19:00:19 -0500
Started 2010-06-28 12:17:23 -0500

I work for a company that designs and sells medical ID's; I'd like to know from you all directly, what things you do like/dislike about your medical ID bracelets? That is, how could we make them better? Do you have problems/issues with your medical ID? Is there a particular style of medical ID that you'd prefer to wear if it available? What would you do different if you could have a say in the design of medical ID bracelets? Does style matter to you more, or is durability most important? Any advise you could give would be greatly appreciated.

23 replies

kdroberts 2010-06-29 07:28:38 -0500 Report

You have to look at your target audience, what they are getting the ID for and price accordingly. I can't think that many people will want to pay $20-30 for a basic ID and then spend another $10-20 on engraving in order to get the information needed on the ID. Engraving needs to be less than a couple of dollars total, preferably free. I posted in another thread that I got a stainless steel bracelet with upgraded clasp and 9 lines of engraving, a sports band with 5 lines, online record storage and shipping for less that I could get a basic stainless bracelet from you guys with 8 lines of engraving.

monkeymama 2010-06-28 18:30:21 -0500 Report

Hello there! Medical Alert bracelets need to be more safer and funner for children. These companies have children's names on them that are visible. That is a risk for strangers and pedifiles. I only know of one company that does this. There needs to be more. Offer options to interchange the bracelet part of the medical alert. I like versatility and cost. Why should there be fees to engrave??? We have to live with this and should be comfortable wearing ours. I love my lobster claw clasp. I swim, shower, and it has been snagged and not once has it broke for me. What it all boils down to is price, durability, style, and safety. Put yourself in a diabetics shoes, what would YOU want in one and what would YOU see yourself paying for one. Take a look at what these other companies offer, see if there is anything your company could do better and differently that could make your company stand out. Think about protection and guarantees to breakages of our bracelets too. I hope this helps you out. Best of wishes to you.

MAYS 2010-06-28 17:03:23 -0500 Report

The pro's (with one, one day it may save your life),
The con's (without one, you may lose your life).
It doesn't hurt to have one.


petals 2010-06-28 14:27:59 -0500 Report

I would like them to be more feminine, maybe even come in pink, and I like for them to be easy to take off ,when I shower I take mine off, waterproof would be nice as well. Affordable as well. I was not bothered at all my your message.

bettymachete 2010-06-28 13:42:56 -0500 Report

Do you have diabetes? Pro's are they can save your life..Con's are the cost is high. How enterprising of you to ask. I know you see this group of people as a "market". Frankly, it bothers me that this community is being pandered to in this manner. I'd like to see a company that is working on researching cures rather than an interest in selling to a niche' and making a buck.

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bettymachete 2010-06-28 14:32:27 -0500 Report

I am well aware that you work for a medical ID company :) You have made that clear in every post you have made. You have done well to link each post with your companies web site, as well. I find this as spamming for a company. Infiltrating a support community in order to sell things leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I do object to this kind of marketing technique because some places should be free of people pushing this or that on people that have the unfortunate deck of cards that bring them to communities like this. These are my personal opinions but I don't think this community was set up for that reason. If you have something to sell, you would better having a customer offer a product review on the site.

bettymachete 2010-06-29 09:00:24 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to come off bitchy. I do understand the value of linking plausible clients to products and asking for feedback on what they are looking for to get a better idea on what to develop. That is called a focus group and they offer invaluable information that can lead to the success of a product. They also get compensated. I also have to ask..Is a support forum the place to do it? Doesn't the company have their own development panels, focus group studies? I flash the marketing ethics card because I have actually seen this many times before and it seems to be a growing trend. Find your target audience and whenever you get a chance insert product/ name. Anyway, be well. Maybe you will learn something in your visit.

jayabee52 2010-06-29 23:55:18 -0500 Report

Howdy Betty & Susan (above)

If Mr "Asher Jam" is on this website he AGREED to the Terms of Use when he created an account on DC. We ALL did. I doubt many of us have actually read the TOU. You can find the link for the TOU at the bottom of every page of DC.

The part which may be in applicable in this case is down 11 paragraphs from the top:

"Gathering email addresses from this site through harvesting
or automated means is prohibited. Posting or transmitting
unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, promotional materials,
or any other forms of solicitation to other users is prohibited.
Inquiries regarding a commercial relationship with Alliance
Health should be directed to: community@alliancehealth.com small"

So if Mr Asher Jam and his company DO NOT have a commercial relationship with alliance health and he posts what are in effect advertisements, then he is violating the terms of use to which he agreed upon signing up.

If you think anyone is in violation of the TOU all you need do is click the word "report" and type in the box which pops up something like "Violates Terms of Use?" (or whatever your complaint may be) and the technical people will take it from there.

What many sales people try to do is try to use the website as free advertising. Some of the products offered are legitimate, and some rather questionable. Mr Asher Jam seems to have a legitimate product, but his method of trying to generate sales abuses the website by trying to use it as free advertising.

Paid advertising is what keeps this site on the internet and free for us, so it is an abuse and not right if someone uses this site to make money without paying for advertising.

If Mr Ashur Jam's company (or he himself personally) has a commercial relationship with Alliance Health.com then he has every right to be here and post here, but I suspect that the commercials would come in a different form than a discussion such as this. I suspect it would be clearly identifiable as an advertisement.

So if you see a discussion which becomes an advertisement for some product or service, and you look at that poster's activity profile, and that poster is promoting that product or service multiple times, then you might be justified in thinking that that poster is violating the TOU, and you might want to consider reporting that posting (and the multiple postings) to the site authorities.

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-29 16:15:57 -0500 Report

Betty, I have to agree with you on this. When I come to a "support" forum, I am expecting that: support. Not an opportunity to go to another website to purchase an item. Any company could come on and ask questions, that are related to diabetes in one form or another, and give a link to a possible "solution" to their problems. I have done sales as well and FULLY understand this technique.

I come here to ask questions, get others opinions and suggestions, and to offer my support in areas that I may be able to assist. That is what a support forum is, IMHO.

ccritch 2010-06-28 13:21:36 -0500 Report

I would prefer one that once it goes on never comes off. You are stuck with it forever. Only because there is no cure for diabetes and a lot of diabetics are in denial. So it can save someone's life.

ccritch 2010-06-28 13:18:20 -0500 Report

I am disappointed with the chain rings that connect to the plate they don't connect and mine keeps coming off and I keep losing it and having to purchase another one. I am frustrated. Couldn't they just soder it to the plate or weld it to the place where it never needs a ring to connect? Other than that they are great and wonderful thing to have in case of emergencies! I like mine I felt safe knowing if something happened someone would know how to help me.

Thanks and God Bless