How to Set-Up Medical ID on iOS 8

The iOS 8 update provided us in the blind community many reasons to become skeptical with new features and bugs. However, the Health app should not be one of them. This addition available on iPhones running iOS 8 represents an evolutionary leap into the future for the partnership between personal health outcomes and mobile devices. For starters, the Health app possesses the ability for one to track their steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, food intake, and sync with an array of apps like WebMD and fitness apps. Differently, the Medical ID feature does not track anything, rather allows one a place to insert various historical health data. For security concerns, any information inserted into the Medical ID will not be shared with any other apps, health information, or other services.

Medical ID appears in two locations, as the forth tab on the bottom of the Health app, lower right corner, and at the bottom right corner of the emergency call screen from the unlock screen. The reason why this appears on the emergency screen is so first responders or other healthcare professionals can review allergies, conditions, emergency contacts, and other health information. For example, if you are at a new doctor’s office, you could simply hand your iPhone to the intake person, thus allowing them to quickly obtain the basic medical information they ask for.

If this interests you, the remainder of this article will review just how to set up your Medical ID. Keep in mind that one of the Voice Over bugs involves Voice Over focus, so you will have to preform a three finger swiping up/down gesture and explore by touch to interact with some fields.

To start, open up the Health app after you have installed iOS on your iPhone. The app opens up with the Dashboard view. This screen displays the daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly fitness and health statistics. This will most likely be a blank screen for those opening the app for the first time, as it pulls from the Health Data tab.

Navigate to the bottom of the screen, where four tabs exist. From right to left, they include Dashboard, Health Data, Sources, and Medical ID. For the purposes of this article, we will only work with the Medical ID functions.. Tap on the Medical ID to open up this screen.

For first time users, the Medical ID will appear as a blank screen. If you choose to input any health information, consider this a self disclosure, so its your choice to determine what and how much will be relevant. If you elect to continue setting this up, tap on the Edit button in the upper left corner of the Medical ID screen.

Once in the edit screen for Medical ID, the following list describes all of the possible fields.

• Emergency Access On/Off toggle (this will enable/disable the Medical ID from appearing on the Emergency screen while your iPhone is locked, see below) • Your Name • Birthdate • Medical Conditions (text field to include relevant acute to chronic diagnoses or conditions) • Medical Notes (open text field to input any additional information you desire) • Allergies and Reactions (open text field to provide known allergies and reactions you are susceptible to) • Medications (open text field to provide information on currently used medications) • Emergency Contact (allows one to select one or numerous contacts from your Contacts app as emergency points of contact and add their relationship to you) • Blood Type )open text field to insert your blood type) • Organ Donor (open text field to input if you are a organ donor and even if you only with to donate certain bodily parts) • Weight (open text field to insert your weight) • Height (open text field to insert your height) • Delete Medical ID (tapping on this will prompt a pop-up to confirm whether you wish to erase all of the Medical ID information)

Once completed, you may select cancel at the top left of the screen or done at the top left. canceling only earless any unsaved data.

If you successfully filled out any part of the Medical ID screen, there are two places to view it. The easiest is to just open the Health app and select the Medical ID tab. The second method indicates an interesting new use for your iPhone, as a method to display the Medical ID during emergencies or other situations. Here is how to accomplish this with your iPhone locked, please note you must have enabled passcode lock in your Settings and then passcode.

• Press the power button • Slide to unlock your iPhone • Instead of inputing the passcode, tap on Emergency at the lower left corner of the screen • Tap on Medical ID at the lower left corner of the Emergency screen

From here one will be able to view the Medical ID stored on the iPhone.