How to Setup Your Medical ID Feature on iPhone
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).
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.
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