It’s not uncommon for most iPhone users to lock their device, which means in case of an emergency, it is really difficult for police, firefighter or doctor to access fast and accurate information about you or your immediate family members.
Luckily, there is a super easy iPhone feature, recently shared on Facebook by an emergency room worker Katherine Jarmy, that can help doctors save your life in a life threatening situation. It’s called Medical ID and it can be accessed through the “Emergency” option on your phone’s keypad, even when your phone is locked with a passcode.
Medical ID is a feature in every version of iPhone that allows you to add your name, a photo, emergency contacts, blood type, medications, allergies, health problems, height, and weight.
This info could help emergency workers make important decisions in the event that you are involved in an accident and aren’t able to tell them your medical information.
If you don’t have it set up, here’s how to do it:
The Medical ID feature is built into the iOS Health app on your iPhone. To create a Medical ID, access the Health app on your iPhone, and then press “Create Medical ID.”
Ensure that you have “Show When Locked” turned on, so that emergency personnel can access the information even when your phone is locked. When enabled, your Medical ID can be viewed even when your iPhone is locked by tapping Emergency > Medical ID.
There are places for you to include a picture of yourself, your name, DOB, any medical conditions, medical notes, allergies and reactions, medications, emergency contacts, your blood type, whether or not you are an organ donor, and your height and weight.
After entering this information, simply press the Done button in the upper right hand corner to save. Once you have set up your Medical ID, you can always go back and make changes at any time through your iPhone’s Health app.
If you are worried about your privacy…
Don’t worry! People will still not be able to access your iPhone without entering your passcode, nor can they make calls using your phone. Also, the information you add to your Medical ID is not included in your Health Data or shared with other apps.