Ok you have an iPhone, but…what are all those icons floating around the screen? I mean seriously do you actually know what half of them are? Ok I’ll fess up, me either – other than the bitmoji app I downloaded because I like the messages my kids were sending.
I have no clue if I’ll use any of the apps already built into my phone. But…I just found out the iPhone can be a lifesaver – literally a lifesaver, and …it begins with the Health app. This article reprinted from Smarter Travel explains how this overlooked iPhone app saves your life:
Believe it or not this iPhone App Saves Your Life
Available on iPhones with iOS8 or later operating system, the Medical ID feature allows you to display important medical information and emergency contacts on your phone without it being unlocked. This feature is especially important when you travel, and in particular if you’re traveling alone or have a medical issue or serious allergy.
Within the Health app, you can enter information like your name, age, birthday, blood type, allergies, medical conditions, medical notes, current medication, height, and weight; you can also specify whether you’re an organ donor, as well as provide the name your doctor and any other emergency contacts.
Use this iPhone app to access medical information that can save your life
To access the Medical ID feature in the event of an emergency, select “Emergency Call” on the unlock screen and find “Medical ID” in the bottom left hand corner. (Yes, this means that anyone who has your phone can find out your full name, birthday, and other personal information; you can turn this feature on and off by toggling the “Show When Locked” option in the Medical ID edit screen.)
[It’s a good idea to] keep this feature on while traveling. If your phone is lost or stolen, [you] can remove your personal information from the Health app by erasing it via the “Find My iPhone” feature.
The Medical ID feature gives peace of mind that if [there] were ever in an emergency situation while traveling, [you’d] know that first responders would be able to access basic (yet important) medical information.