iPhone Health: Improving Accessibility of Medical Information

If you own an iPhone that’s been updated somewhat recently, you’ve probably noticed the Health app, which comes programmed as part of the phone’s software.

The app can be used to track a number of health factors, and can also be used as a guide for fitness, tracking steps, speed, distance and the amount of time you spend active. However, while these features go a long way to help us lead healthy lives, one in particular can actually save lives.

If you look along the bottom of the screen with the app open, all the way to the right, you’ll find a medical ID tab with the option to create your own medical ID. Since most people carry their phones on them wherever they go, this technology has the potential to provide crucial medical information to someone treating you in the event of an emergency wherever/whenever it may happen.

Information you can include on your medical ID includes:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Date of Birth
  • Medical Conditions
  • Medical Notes
  • Allergies & Reaction
  • Medications
  • Emergency contact information
  • Blood Type
  • Whether or not you are an organ donor
  • Weight & Height

Having this information readily available and accessible for emergency responders at the moment they need it is a game-changer, to say the least. Not only does it prevent you from accidentally being treated with medications you may react negatively to, but it allows your loved ones to be contacted immediately and even specifies any medical wishes/specifications you may have.

As someone who has been in a pretty major car accident and has also witnessed my fair share of them, I am pretty impressed by the use of technology for something this meaningful.