Medical ID Could Save your Life

EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION

The Medical ID function of the iPhone’s Health App could be life saving.

Medical ID is an emergency card that can store critical medical and contact information and be available to first responders even if your phone is locked.

SET UP YOUR MEDICAL ID

To make your important health information accessible in case of an emergency, you can set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone.  Here are the steps and information to create your ID:

  1.  Open Health app. 
  2. Tap Medical ID to review the current information.

Tap Medical ID in the lower right

3.  Create or Edit your Medical ID

New Medical ID

If you are creating a new Medical ID that didn’t exist previously, tap Create Medical ID from the information screen.

Tap Create Medical ID to create your ID

Edit Existing Medical ID

If you wish to edit your existing Medical ID, scroll down your Medical ID information and tap Edit to update.

Scroll down past your information to find the Edit link

 

You have a number of options in creating your Medical ID.  You certainly will want to create Emergency Contacts and have critical medical information included.  The list (4-7)  below corresponds to the numbers on the screen shot below will provide the basic details to begin.

Steps to Setup Medical ID

4.  Confirm that Show When Locked is green/on. This will allow access to Medical ID information from the lock screen for medical/emergency responders.

5.  Add a photo for identification. Tap add photo and you can choose from your photos collection or take a new selfie.

6.  Tap individual entries to enter your your birth date, allergies, blood type and weight and height.  All are optional.

7.  An important element is entering Emergency Contacts. Tap add emergency contact.  Pick one or more contacts from your contacts list and identify their relationship to you. You actually pick a contact by selecting the contact and completing the process by selecting the best phone number for the contact. There is also an opportunity for you to register with Donate Life America in order to communicate your organ donation wishes.

8.  When you’re finished, tap Done.

Step-by-Step

Steps to Setup Medical ID

4 Confirm that Show When Locked is green/on. This will allow access to Medical ID information from the lock screen for medical/emergency responders.

5 Add a photo for identification. Tap add photo and you can choose from your photos collection or take a new selfie.

6 Tap individual entries to enter your your birth date, allergies, blood type and weight and height.  All are optional.

7 An important element is entering Emergency Contacts. Tap add emergency contact.  Pick one or more contacts from your contacts list and identify their relationship to you. You actually pick a contact by selecting the contact and completing the process by selecting the best phone number for the contact. There is also an opportunity for you to register with Donate Life America in order to communicate your organ donation wishes.

8 When you’re finished, tap Done.

ACCESSING THE MEDICAL ID CARD

Here are the steps that a medical responder or ER personnel would use to access the Medical ID card.

From your Phone’s Lock Screen

Go to your iPhone’s unlock screen by tapping the Sleep/Wake button and follow these steps from the screenshot and list below:

Steps to display Medical ID

From the unlock screen: 1) tap Emergency and the phone dial pad appears

2) Tap * Medical ID.

From your iPhone’s SOS Screen (IOS 11+)

  • iPhone 8 & later: Triple-click the side button.
  • Models models: Tap the Sleep/Wake button five times

The following screen will appear.

Tap Medical ID to display the information card.

 

 

Calls can be made to your Emergency Contacts from the Medical ID screen without unlocking the phone. Tap the Phone icon to call.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

Senior Tech Club Recipe #118 – How to Use the iPhone Health App – It Could Save your Life! provides a more comprehensive look at the Health App with a Video demonstration.

 

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Health App