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September 22, 2014

New iOS 8 Medical ID Feature Can Save Your Life

There has been a lot of attention surrounding Apple products lately. With the public release of Google Glass along with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, the company has really been stealing the spotlight in tech news.

The new software update iOS 8 is showing an exciting new feature that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.

Medical ID is a new feature within the Health app that can possibly save your life. When cell phones were first gaining popularity it was common for users to save their emergency contact under ICE (In case of emergency) in their phones, and still is- but now almost all iPhone users have touch ID or passcodes on their phones. If someone can’t access a user’s contacts, having ICE next to your emergency contact name isn’t going to help you.

The new Health app on the iOS 8 update contains a Medical ID section. Although the Health app is down, this feature is fully up and functioning and all iPhone users should take full advantage of it.

In order to have the Medical ID work to your advantage, you need to be sure that you have Show When Locked turned on so it will be available when your phone is locked-or else it defeats the purpose of having Medical ID. To add your information into the app, simply tap on the Medical ID button within the Health app then click on the edit button at the top. The fields are clearly marked where users should enter the appropriate information; including height, weight, organ donor, blood type and medical conditions. At the bottom of the page you can enter emergency contacts and their relationship to you.

This information is not shared with other apps and is meant for medical professionals to help you in an emergency situation. While no one hopes to be in life threatening situations, this app could prove essential in providing life-saving information.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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