The Health App on iPhones has a life-saving function – the Medical ID. This feature allows first responders to access critical information from the Lock Screen without needing a passcode. They can see information such as allergies, medical conditions, and emergency contacts.
If something happens to you and you cannot answer questions, the Medical ID can help. Responders can access relevant medical information that might save your life. Additionally, they can contact your loved ones to let them know what happened.
When is This Useful?
Let’s say you were in a car accident and knocked unconscious. The first responders can check your Medical ID to see if you have any medical conditions. This is especially helpful if you have conditions that may impact emergency treatment (such as a bleeding disorder).
Or, perhaps you have food allergies, and your throat closes when you have a reaction. You may be unable to speak. However, the Medical ID allows you to show emergency room providers your allergies and medications.
In the Medical ID, you can add the following information:
- Medical Conditions
- Medical Notes
- Allergies & Reactions
- Blood Type
- Primary Language
- Emergency Contacts
How to Set Up Your Medical ID:
- Open the Health app and tap the Summary tab.
- Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.
- Under your profile picture , tap Medical ID.
- Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
- To make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen on your iPhone, turn on Show When Locked.
- In an emergency, this gives information to people who want to help.
- To share your Medical ID with emergency responders, turn on Share During Emergency Call.
- When you make a call or send a text to emergency services on your iPhone or Apple Watch, your Medical ID will automatically be shared with emergency services.
- Enter health information like your date of birth, allergies, and blood type.
- Tap Done.
For more information on setting up the Medical ID, click here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207021