JCK’s Victoria Gomelsky interviewed Chris Ploof of Chris Ploof Designs to discuss how he is integrating EZEC technology into his designs to create life-saving medical IDs.
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It was the end of the 2022 JCK Las Vegas show when the designer Chris Ploof found his way to the Tech & Essentials neighborhood on Level 1 of the Venetian Expo to check out EZEC (Easy Emergency Contact), a new Denver-based healthcare technology company showing its medical ID technology for the first time.
Ploof had promised his friend, the industry veteran Manos Phoundoulakis, a cofounder of EZEC, that he would swing by.
“When I finally made it down to his booth, it blew me away,” Ploof tells JCK. “You can finally make medical tags that don’t look ugly. I was immediately on board.”
Exactly one year later, at JCK 2023, Ploof exhibited the fruits of his partnership with EZEC: a series of dog tag–style pendants—in hand-forged Damascus steel and 18k gold—that carry NFC (near-field communication) microchips connected to EZEC’s secure HIPAA-compliant mobile app and database. Once in use, a simple scan of the tags, which retail for $990, gives first responders access to critical lifesaving data, including allergies, medical conditions, emergency contacts, etc.
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