Medical ID for emergencies June 04 2016, 0 Comments

The Health app on your iPhone is great for cataloguing your daily activities and helping you keep fit, and it can also save your life, literally. The Medical ID feature is included in the app and stores important information about your health so that it can inform first responders about you. To create a Medical ID:

Creating a Medical ID

  1. Open the Health app from your home screen
  2. From the tabs at the bottom of your screen, select ‘Medical ID’ then ‘Create Medical ID’
  3. You will be presented with several fields that cover important issues like allergies, drug reactions, height, weight, medical conditions, medications you’re taking and even blood type
  4. When you’re done entering this information, tap on ‘Done’

You can then choose to allow if the information will be visible from the lock screen, even if you have a passcode. I would advise you to turn it on because this information may be life-saving when you’re unconscious. However, some people wouldn’t want such details accessible to anyone, so I guess it’s a matter of priorities.

Accessing Medical ID

The whole point of having medical ID is to provide information about your health data to first responders in case of an emergency, and it should be accessible. If the iPhone does not have a passcode, anyone can just head over to the Health app and check out the details. In case a passcode or fingerprint ID is turned on, the information can still be reached:

  1. Swipe from right to left on the lock screen
  2. Tap on ‘Emergency’
  3. Tap on ‘Medical ID’ at the bottom left corner of the screen
  4. The information that had been entered by the owner of the iPhone will then be displayed