If you have a serious medical condition the chances are that you will be carrying a MedicAlert bracelet or necklace around with you everywhere you go. The MedicAlert system lets you fit a few lines of text on a piece of jewellery and gives an ID number that doctors can phone to get more detailed information.  This can work well but if you have a complicated condition or for example a number of allergies it can be difficult to fit all the crucial information on.


The Tap2Tag is a new innovation that has the same basic idea but uses technology to store a much larger amount of data.  The tags use NFC ,which most Android phones can read, to give a secure link to a page which contains your medical information.

In other words the user sets up an account on the tap2tag website and fills in all of their details and medical information.  This can be updated to be correct whenever desired.  The user then carries a tag around them in a wristband or attached to clothing.  In an emergency anyone with a NFC reader – meaning almost any non-Apple smartphone can read the tag and get access to your information.  If no-one has an NFC enabled device a phone number and code is also printed on the tag which can be called or looked up to get the information in a manner similar to MedicAlert.  Finally you can set up emergency contacts so that if your details are accessed by the medical services a message is automatically sent via email or SMS to a small group such as family members.

The system seems like a very good idea and in particular the fact that you can update your medical information whenever you choose will be appealing to many.  There are some obvious security problems – anyone who can see the tag and read off the code or brush their smart phone against it will be able to access your potentially confidential medical information.  It’s a difficult balance between making the information accessible and making it available at the right time.  In addition the tap2tag website does have a security hole of its own – it is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug which is worrying on a service so dependent on their web servers holding confidential information.

One of the most surprising things about this system is the cost.  The bracelets cost £12 each and cards and key fobs are available for £8.  There is no subscription fee and so the small cost would be a one-off one.  With that in mind this seems like a good idea for those particularly with rapidly changing or complicated medical issues if Tap2Tag can resolve their security issues.





  1. Rachel 22/04/2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Does it work with all android phones or only some

    • Chris 22/04/2015 at 2:51 pm Reply

      It should work with Android phones that have NFC built in and usable. That includes most phones but not every phone. This list here covers most phones that do and that do not so have a look and see for yours.
      Also bear in mind the iPhone 6 and 6+ do have NFC built in but it is only usable by ApplePay and will not work with something like the Tap2Tag.

  2. Michael 20/02/2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I bought a nfc medical band and found that the setting it up was so easy and can put on there your medical condition,all your medication,address and who to contact in emergency.A great idea and was so pleased with it ive now bought the credit size card to put in my wallet incase I have a seizure when out In the street.Fantastic idea

  3. Lesley avast ridge 27/01/2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Are the emergency services aware of this system. ie in an emergency would they recognise the wrist band etc & know what it’s for & what to do with it?

    • Chris 27/01/2015 at 8:52 pm Reply

      That is an obvious problem with this sort of system. The tags are obviously a medically related device with the Asclepius logo on the front which is well recognised as being being used by MedicAlert. If the emergency services has net access it should be possible for them to look up the device but this doesn’t sound like something the paramedic could do – rather something that could be done after the patient gets to hospital. In the long run for this to be really successful Tap2Tag would need to get NFC readers in the hands of paramedics and they do seem to be making movements that way by working with charities and raising awareness.

      • Chris 27/01/2015 at 8:58 pm Reply

        That’s absolutely right Chris. 2015 is all about raising awareness and we hope to be able to release some very exciting news about this in the near future.

  4. Stephen Dawes 14/06/2014 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Are these watch things waterproof ? Could I get one delivered to Workington paying cash on delivery? Are they easy to set up?

    • Chris Ford 16/06/2014 at 9:55 am Reply

      Hi Stephen. We have tested the wristbands down to 29.5m whilst diving in the Red Sea last year and they worked first time. I can assure you that they are very waterproof. They have also been passed through an auto clave (hospitals use them for sterilising medical instruments) 12 times at temperatures exceeding 135C. Again they worked first time.

      Unfortunately we can not offer cash on deliver but we are bound by the distance selling rules so, if you do not like it, just send it back for a full refund.


    • Chris 16/06/2014 at 9:42 am Reply

      Hi, From what we can see these should be waterproof at least to the sort of depths you’d get in a swimming pool. They also look simple to setup although depending on your medical condition you might have to do a lot of typing to get your data into the system. Delivery to a UK address should likewise not be a problem but cash on delivery would be – its not something I’d expect from an online company either. They do offer Paypal so I’d not be too worried about security if that’s your issue?

  5. Ann marie 09/06/2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Were can I get one ov theses

  6. Chris Ford 30/05/2014 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Chris. It’s Chris Ford from Tap2Tag here. Thank you for your review of the Tap2Tag Medical system. Our aim was, when we conceived the idea at the end of 2012, to provide the most effective medical alert system on the market at the most affordable price. We think we have achieved virtually all of our objectives with this regard but there is still more to come. This system is the first phase of many strategies developing NFC within the market.

    A quick point regarding the Heartbleed Bug. We have, today, upgraded our security protocols on the site and we are assured that the Tap2Tag.me site is now fully protected from the bug.

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