Once of the fastest ways to communicate an emergency SOS is with your iPhone®.  Specifically, it’s by creating a Medical ID using the Health app on your phone.

Medical ID is a built-in feature of the Health app that gives ambulance crews and other emergency first responders fast access to potentially life-saving information about any medical conditions you may have.  Access is enabled without the need of a passcode — even if your iPhone is locked.  

Plus, Medical ID also provides first responders vital information about your allergies, blood type and emergency contact numbers.  First responders have now been trained to know how to access these details.  When every minute matters, having Medical ID onboard your iPhone can save your life.

Apple® makes Medical ID possible through a simple set up on the Health app starting with iOS 11.  Once you’ve entered your ICE (In Case of Emergency) information, you’ll be communicative if you find yourself in an accident and too shaken to clearly share details with first responders.

To set up or edit your Medical ID on your iPhone, follow these steps in iOS 13.  This set up may be slightly different in iOS 11 and iOS 12.

1.  Open the Health app and tap the summary tab at the bottom.

2.  Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.

3.  Under Medical Details, tap Medical ID.

4.  Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.

5.  IMPORTANT.  Make sure the Show When Locked Switch is on.

6.  Enter all the relevant details about your medical conditions, medications, allergies and blood type.

7.  Specify your emergency contacts.  These must be people in the Contacts app with listed phone numbers.

8.  Tap done.

This data can also help a Good Samaritan (yes, they still exist) return a lost iPhone.  To assist, in your Medical ID, create a contact called “If Lost, Please Call” and list a different phone number at which you can be reached.

Hopefully, you’ll never have to access someone else’s Medical ID information, but you should know how to do so.  You may want to teach family, friends and colleagues how to find and use this information.  For example, should you come across a bicyclist or motorcyclist injured from a crash, follow these steps:

1.  With a locked iPhone that uses Touch ID®, press the Home button to display the Passcode screen.  For an iPhone with Face ID®, press the side button and swipe up from the bottom.

2.  On the Passcode screen, tap Emergency in the bottom-left corner to move to the Emergency screen.  If needed, call 911 from this screen by tapping Emergency Call.

3.  Again at the bottom left, tap Medical ID to display the Medical ID screen, complete with all the details that person entered into the Health app.

4.  From that screen, you can share the information with EMTs so they’re aware of any serious conditions or allergies that would impact treatment.  You can also call any emergency contacts listed by tapping their numbers.

Take a few minutes and enter your medical and emergency contact details into the Health app now.  Then spread the word.  Medical ID could save your life — or help you save the life of someone else.

If you have questions about this information — or about any other iPhone app for personal, creative or productive use — please reach out to CranstonIT at 888-813-5558 or support@cranstonit.com