Did you get a new iPhone over the holidays, already have an iPhone or are considering getting one? Whether you are a new or old Apple user, there is a great feature that could apply to you! Have you noticed the “emergency” button on the screen where you enter your 4 number passcode? This is a cool feature, especially for those who have health problems, such as Type 1 diabetes. In this area, you can enter your name, medical conditions, allergies, and an emergency contact information.
What does this mean to you? If you are unconscious or having a medical emergency wherein you cannot communicate, your phone could literally save your life.
This feature is fairly easy to set up. To set up your information, follow these easy steps:
- Step 1: Go to the “Health application” on your phone.
- Step 2: There should be a button on the bottom that says “Medical ID” and looks like a *. If you click on that logo, you come to a page where you can enter the information you wish to fill out.
- Step 3: Enter the information you want entered. Make sure the “Show When Locked” is selected!
- Step 4: Click “Done” when you are finished putting in your information.
Follow these easy steps to retrieve your “Medical ID” information:
- Step 1: Now, when you are on the locked screen, if you select “Emergency,” a logo on the bottom will appear that says “Medical ID” below the keypad.
- Step 2: If you click on “Medical ID,” the information you entered will be present on the screen.
In the past, people with medical conditions wore “medical alert” bracelets, which were institutional looking bracelets (sometimes made cuter with beads and other decor) or, more recently, they actually got medical alert tattoos (on one’s arm or wrist). Are cell phones the future of medical identification? Would you consider using this feature on an iPhone to allow people to have vital emergency information about you?
Photo Credit: Main Image by: Kimberly Hislop. All other photos by: Amanda Mezer