How to Setup Your Medical ID Feature on iPhone

 In Health Technology

Your iPhone has a Medical ID feature which could assist medical responders in the event of an emergency.  This feature allows you to enter your name, date of birth, blood type, any specific medical conditions or allergies that you have (such as diabetic, allergy to penicillin), and your emergency contacts.  It can be accessed from your lock screen as well so even if you are unable to put in your password responders can get to this information.  This could be life saving information, saving time and uncertainties for medical care should you need it.  It also allows responders to contact your pre-determined emergency contacts right away. And it only takes a few minutes to set up.

Here are a few easy steps to setup your Medical ID on an iPhone

In your iPhone, open the Health App (white background with a little heart).  At the bottom you will see four categories, Medical ID is the far right one.  Once you select Medical ID, a new screen will come up where you can add a Photo of yourself, your Name, Birthdate, Medical Conditions (free text capability), Medical Notes (free text capability), Allergies and Reactions (free text capability), Medications (free text capability).

You can then add your emergency contact(s).  When you click “Add Emergency Contact” it automatically links to your contacts where you can select the appropriate people.  If you have more than one phone number for that contact, it has you select one of the numbers.  You can add your blood type, answer if you are an Organ Donor, And input your Weight and Height.  At the top, you will want to ensure the “Show When Locked” selection is green (middle photo above).  You are all set, hit “Done” in the upper right hand corner and you will see your finalized Medical ID.

To test it out, lock your phone screen, slick to unlock, and in the lower left corner, hit “Emergency”.  You will now see the screen that allows you to make an emergency call, and in the lower left corner you see * Medical ID.  Tab Medical ID and you will see your finalized medical ID, which is what any emergency responder would see.

Congratulations! You’ve taken an important step in ensuring you can get appropriate and timely medical care in the event of an emergency.

 

 

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Founder & Patient Advocate at Amazing Healthcare Consultants
Twenty nine years as a physician have brought me great personal and professional satisfaction, but a new passion has driven me to change directions within the healthcare system. I'm acutely aware of the confusion and frustration that patients face as they navigate the healthcare "maze" and look forward to helping patients in many new ways as a private healthcare advocate.
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