iPhone Health App & Medical ID

The Apple iPhone has this amazing app called Health including a Medical ID component that is accessible from your emergency screen.  I discovered it after my FitBit died and I searched my phone for a pedometer to track my steps.

Medical ID Screenshot
Photo captured from Apple Support Website

Maybe I am the only person who didn’t know that before this week, so I had to share just in case there is one other person out there who doesn’t know about the Health app, and more importantly, Medical ID, on Apple iPhones.

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Photo captured from Apple Support’s website

If you were in an accident or crisis situation, how would First Responders know who to call, how to administer drugs, and medical care to you in a timely fashion?

Did you know that you can program in your allergic reactions, current medications, emergency contacts (yes, more than one) and more and all this is accessible without needing your pass code?

This is a great way to be ahead of the curve ball, just as you would if you bought insurance.   I encourage you, after you are done reading, to find your phone and plug your information into this very practical, potentially life saving app.

I did a bit of research and while I have an iPhone, you can get apps for other phones such as Android.  I found this link from Google Play to guide the Android users.

Information you can store on the Medical ID app (iPhone):

  • Name
  • Picture
  • Birthdate
  • Medical Conditions & Notes
  • Allergies & Reactions
  • Current Medications
  • Blood Type
  • Organ Donor
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Multiple Emergency Contacts

It seems like a lot of personal information and it is.  I would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.

If you make an emergency call from your phone, the people you have listed as your Emergency Contacts, receive a message as well that you have made an emergency call.

If you are not comfortable with divulging all of the information, I recommend renaming your contacts who are your emergency contacts.  Start their names with ICE, meaning in case of emergency.

If you address book files by first name, then put ICE John (under first name) Smith.  If your address book is filed by last name, it should appear as John ICE Smith.  You can find how it’s filed in your settings, under Contacts.  Don’t forget to double-check your contacts to make sure under the letter “I” you have all your ICE1, ICE2, etc contacts listed.

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Are there other things your phone can do to help you be prepared and stay organized (that is a whole other ball of wax isn’t it)?

Comment what your favorite app is, and please SHARE!

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