An unfrequented but conceptually life-saving highlight of the iOS Health app is its Medical ID. It’s built to be a comprehensive reference for nurses, doctors, or other members of the medical team if ever iPhone users get caught in an emergency. There are numerous features of the iPhone which can come in handy and are even crucial in everyday life, but this one can literally save your life. The app’s Medical ID can be used to store your personal health information, which can be accessed by first responders to access your crucial medical information directly from the lock screen, even without needing to enter your passcode if you have one. The Medical ID supplies essential medical information about you that may be vital in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions – as well as the user’s emergency contacts.
If by a stroke of bad luck you get into an accident or become unconscious, the first responder can pick up your phone, granting it hasn’t been destroyed, and make the necessary emergency calls needed to save your life. Moreover, they can also tap on the Medical ID icon to view relevant information about you like your age, blood type, allergies, medical conditions, etc. and whatever vital information you want to divulge to help medical professionals treat you.
Here's how to set up your Medical ID on an iPhone running on iOS 10 or above.
Step 1: Create your Medical ID
Setting-up your Medical ID only takes a few minutes but could save your life.
Contrary to popular belief, your Medical ID can’t be edited through your phone’s Settings. Instead, open your phone’s Health app.
Next, on the bottom right, tap on the Medical ID Tab. Then tap Edit in the upper right. A window will pop-up prompting you to edit your Medical ID info.
You’ll see that you have a lot of optional information you can fill out on this screen. You may enter your general information like your name, birth date, height, and even your most recent photo. Fill-up everything you think might be helpful to medical personnel. It’s especially crucial to fill out any allergies, the medications you take, and other serious medical conditions that might affect the way the medical team handles you.
When you're finished, tap Done, and you’re all set! This Medical ID screen displays what others will be able to see by tapping Medical ID.
Step 2: Emergency Contacts
The next important step is to add emergency contacts that the medics can call. Just scroll down from the ‘Edit’ screen and tap on the “add emergency contact” option. List as many as you can, beginning from the most important to the least. Users’ ability to input their emergency contacts are limited to people from the phone’s list contacts, but once can ultimately specify their relationship, such as "spouse" or "friend". Your emergency contacts can be automatically called, along with your current location, if you use your iPhone’s Emergency SOS feature.
Step 3: Sign-up to be an Organ Donor
Now that you’ve taken care of your betterment, why not consider other people’s needs? Go back and fill out that Organ Donor registration option. About 20 people die every day waiting in line for an organ transplant. One organ donor can save eight people on the waiting list. If your life cannot be saved, perhaps you can save someone else’s.
Users can sign-up to be organ donors in the Health app with the help of Medical ID. Just open the Health app and tap Medical ID again. Tap ‘Edit’, and tick on the ‘add Organ Donor’ to change it to ‘yes’.
You can make necessary alterations or updates your information anytime. Just open the Health app, tap Medical ID, and tap Edit under the Organ Donation Registry. If you ever change your mind, you can simply withdraw your registration. Just scroll to the bottom of the Edit screen and tap ‘Remove Me’.
Step 4: Deal with Privacy Concerns
It may be true that anyone who can access your phone, even without your passcode, will be able to see all the information you put on your Medical ID. That includes sensitive information about the phone’s users. This IS the goal of the app, isn’t it? But it might be too intruding for some users, especially of that nosy co-worker who can stick their nose on your phone for a few minutes and learn about what medications you're on. Users will have to balance the information they fill out in the app.
You can ultimately choose to have all this info accessible while the phone is locked. Turn on the ‘Show When Locked’ option to make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen. During emergencies, this gives people who want to help you your important information, like the emergency contacts that you've entered. It’s a simple tick option that can mean life or death for any iPhone’s user. With this turned on, responders can’t access the rest of your phone, but they will see info which can help save your life.
Step 5: The Health Data
After putting in all your necessary data, head on to the “Health Data’ tab. Here you can manage your more specific information like Activity, Nutrition, Sleep Patterns, Body Measurements, Health Records, Reproductive Health, and even record your Laboratory Results and Vital readings. Each option leads you to other health apps wherein you can use to your advantage. Just note that while no one else can edit your information from the lock screen, you may want to be careful about what you add to it.
Although filling out the Medical ID right down to the bone is completely optional, it might be a good idea to include at least some of your basic data, maybe not for the health reasons, but probably for helping return a lost iPhone back to you. And whether you want to save your own life or another’s, or merely take emergency measures for just in case, it would be in any iPhone user’s best interest to take advantage of this app’s feature. Having your personal information available for anyone to view might not be your cup of tea, but there is absolutely no denying that the app can truly be a life-saver in emergency situations.