Did you know that iPhone can be a great friend in medical emergencies? There is a vital feature in the iPhone that everyone should know about.
The feature, Medical ID, is available on our iPhones. You can use it to save your important health information. It is designed to provide important to first responders in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency. In a case of an emergency, first responders will be able to access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode.
Julia Thompson, a brilliant nurse, urged every iPhone user in a Facebook post to create Medical ID in the Health app.
“Working in a public hospital and seeing patients in ER all the time, I see many patients come in and we have had no way of knowing who they are, or how to contact their next of kin, or their medical history! And their phones are locked!
But many people don’t realize that you can set up something called a ‘Medical ID’ on your iPhone if you have the health app (free with phone). I didn’t even realize this when I got my own iPhone!
This information can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options and can display things like name, date of birth, emergency contacts, medical conditions and even blood type and donor status. You can even add notes!
How to Setup Your Medical ID on iPhone
Here’s how you can create your own Medical ID on your iPhone:
- Open Health and tap Medical ID > Edit.
- Enter your emergency contacts and health information – your birth date, height, and blood type.
- Turn on Show When Locked to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen. In an emergency, people who want to help will be able to access important information.
- When you’re finished, tap Done.
To view the Medical ID, open the Health app and tap Medical ID.
If the iPhone is locked:
- Press the Home button.
- Tap Emergency.
- On the Emergency call screen, you can make a call or tap Medical ID to see emergency medical information stored on the phone.
Medical ID for Android Users
Android users can use, Medical ID (Free) ICE Contacts, to create medical profiles that are accessible from the lock screen.
Thompson is urging people to save emergency information on their phones.
“If you don’t like apps don’t forget the going to the good old fashioned owner information, profile sharing and enter “emergency information”, enter your emergency contact and “I.c.e” as the owner and tick the “show owner information on lock screen”. Newer androids also have health details in the emergency information so no excuses not to have your information on hand! It could save your life).