It turns out the iPhone has a feature that could very literally save your life. I recently became aware of this iPhone feature called Medical ID that can provide emergency first responders critical medical information in the case you are not capable of providing that information yourself. You can setup information like your name, emergency contacts, medications, medical conditions, etc. This is a great tool to help you, loved ones, or others in your life share critical medical information in emergency situations.
My iPhone using wife, who works in the medical field, was somewhat aware this feature existed but had never seen it nor knew how to set it up. So I wrote a short tutorial with pictures to help you see how this works and walk you through setting this feature up. This feature requires an iPhone running iOS 8 or later.
How it Works
First responders can access this information directly from your iPhone’s unlock screen without you being able to unlock the phone.
1. After swiping to unlock the phone, you will see an “Emergency” link at the bottom right.
2. On the “Emergency call” screen, you press “Medical ID” at the bottom left.
3. You (or first responder) can now see the medical info you have setup.
How to Set This Up
1. Find and tap the “Health” app.
2. Click on the “Medical ID” icon in the bottom right corner.
3. Tap on “Create Medical ID”.
4. Add any medical information you need to share.