Did you know that Apple iPhone's have a function where users can input important personal medical information in case they are involved in an accident? The iPhone Medical I.D Card allows users to share information about themselves, their medical history, medical profiles, contact information, and insurance in the unfortunate case that they are involved in an accident. First responders can even access this information when the phone is locked. This is a great feature that should be utilized by all iPhone users. It may save your life.
This awesome feature came as news to me as much of our staff here at TorHoerman Law, so we thought we would share it with you. Your iPhone medical I.D. can be accessed by first responders and medical professionals in the event of an emergency. Even if your phone is secured with a passcode, the "emergency" option on the lock screen allows first responders and medical professionals to access your medical I.D. and critical health information. medical I.D. includes your full name, emergency contact information, medical conditions, allergies, and blood type – important information that is crucial to emergency responders.
The medical I.D. includes your full name, emergency contact information, medical conditions, allergies, and blood type – important information that is crucial to emergency responders. There is no need to download an app or update your software. The iPhone medical I.D. feature is built into your iPhone’s iOS Health app.
To access and manage your medical I.D. page, click on the "Health" app that comes as a default with iPhone 6 & 7. After accessing the app, choose to "Create Medical ID." From there, fill out a series of questions to create your personalized medical I.D. Your personalized medical I.D. can include your name, date of birth, a picture of yourself, emergency contact information, height, weight, current or prior medical conditions, any medical notes you choose to include, allergies, medications, your blood type, and whether you are an organ donor.
Be sure that you choose "Show When Locked" when prompted.
This will allow first responders and medical professionals access to your iPhone medical I.D.—even if your phone is secured by a passcode – in the event of an emergency. You can withhold any information that you do not feel comfortable sharing. After you have filled out the information, save it by pressing "done." You can edit your information at any time through the Health app. The information that you share on your medical I.D. is secured. It is not shared with other features in the Health app and it cannot be accessed through other apps.
As a bonus, there is another great feature included in the iPhone medical I.D. - the ability for users to register to be an organ donor. Apple teamed up with Donate Life America to promote organ donation through the iPhone Health app. When you are filling out your medical I.D. you will be prompted with a question asking whether you are an organ donor. If you are not, and want to be, you can register through the app. All registrations are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. If you are already a registered organ donor through your state identification program, you can still register with Donate Life America. Most state organ donation programs only allow members to donate organs in the state that they are registered in. By registering through Donate Life America, you will be eligible to donate in every state in America.
Hopefully, the iPhone medical I.D. will never have to be used, but in an emergency, that valuable information could help first responders and medical professionals help you.
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