Did you know that your iPhone can help you in the case of a medical emergency? That’s right, it can tell first reponders vital information about your medical needs. And you might be surprised at how easy it is to set up. For years many of us have been using the ICE (In Case of Emergency) system on our phones. That means we’ve labeled someone in our contacts app with the ICE moniker. The theory is that if you’re not responsive after an accident, paramedics can open your contacts app and find your ICE individual. Yet how can they find them if your phone is locked with a passcode? Thankfully, Apple has built a solution into your iPhone running iOS 8.
Within the Health app, you can easily set up a Medical ID. This ID will then be available from your lock screen under the Emergency button in the lower left corner. Once a responder taps that button, they can see your Medical ID which will show them your name, age, emergency contacts, medical conditions, notes, and other information you’d like to include.
I set up my iPhone’s Medical ID to alert medics that I have an Advance Medical Directive in my wallet. Specifically, this refers them to my Designation of Patient Advocate document. So in case I am unconscious, the first responder will know that they can find more information about my medical needs in my wallet. You can list additional notes in your the Medical ID, although this will not and should not serve as a legal document. The following video will show you how to set up your Medical ID on your iPhone.
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