The iPhone Hack That Could Literally Save Your Life
Imagine being out and about, and something happens. Something serious. Perhaps a car accident, or you suffer a heart attack or an episode of a pre-existing medical condition. Even worse – imagine if one of these medical emergencies happened to your child. Should such an incident ever occur to you – or your family – it’s vital that paramedics or aiding strangers can identify you, can get in touch with your next of kin and are aware of any pre-existing medical history that may help them save your life. This type of information isn’t always readily available. One thing we all almost universally carry with us though, are our smartphones. If you own an iPhone, there is a nifty little trick you can do to ensure that your information is available to those who need it.
Please watch the video below or follow the written instructions. Don’t forget to share this one with everyone you know!
Adding a Medical ID to your iPhone:
Instructions to add a Medical ID to your iPhone:
- On your iPhone, open the “Health” app
- From the bottom menu bar within the Health app, select “Medical ID”
- Select “Edit”
- You will be presented with a form to complete.
- Ensure that “Show When Locked” option is ON. This will allow paramedics to view your Medical ID without needing to know the passcode to your phone.
- Fill out the details that you feel are necessary (for example, full name, medical conditions, allergies).
- Add an emergency contact – you can select someone who is already saved in your iPhone Address Book
- Add other details (blood type, organ donor, weight, height) if you feel they are necessary
- Select “Done” from the top-right corner.
To view your Medical ID:
- Lock your iPhone
- From the log-in screen, select “Emergency” from the bottom-left corner
- Select “*Medical ID” from the bottom-left corner
- The details you have just added will be visible.
My name is Kim Maslin, and I’m a West Australian educator who is passionate about digital technologies and developing healthy life-long learning habits. I provide a range of ICT-related seminars and workshops, as well as web design & digital marketing services. I am also a teacher and Digital Learning Coordinator. You can find out more about me here.