We all carry around our mobile devices and use it in our daily lives. We’ve been cautioned to set our device to lock in order to prevent thieves from accessing our personal data. All that is fine and all but have you thought about what would happen if you were unable to communicate with emergency or medical personnel? Apple’s native Health app (iOS 8 and later) has a life saving feature that many are not aware of, that could potentially save your life.
One of the many features of the Health app is that it stores medical information along with emergency contact information that can be accessed from a locked device, should someone (like hospitals and first responders) knows to look for it.
To add your personal information, launch the Health app, tap on Medical ID (located at the bottom right of your screen) and add your date of birth, medical conditions, allergies and reactions, list of medications, blood type, organ donor, weight and height information. You can also include emergency contact(s) information. Note that you must already have the name and phone number listed in your Contacts on your device in order to add your emergency contacts. This takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
To access the information from a locked phone, tap Emergency on the lower left of screen, it will then read Medical ID, to which when tapped, will display the Medical ID information that you updated from the Health app. The emergency contacts can be dialled directly from this screen as well (even though the phone remains locked).
The one drawback is that the information can be accessed by those who know to look for it. However, the feature can be disabled within the app.
For more information about the Health app, visit Apple.ca.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.