The new Health app was excitedly talked about, but is off to a slow start. I’ve had some luck using it to share some data between my apps like Withings, MyFitnessPal and Runtastic, but I think it will be a while before I can text my BP to my doc and have him fire off a reply. The health care system is the most archaic, monolothic and confusing structure conceived of by the mind of man. it makes the Weasley’s House look like the zenith of zen minimalism by comparison.
But there is one feature that is easy to set up, and could literally save your life. Here’s how to do it:
At least in the U.S., thanks to federal telecommunications law, all phones must be able to dial 9-1-1, at all times, even in case of a power failure or deactivation. (that’s why your Comcast or Verizon FIOS phone has to come with a battery backup). This has always been the case on iPhones: if you swipe to unlock, and there’s a passcode, you can still tap the “Emergency” button in the lower corner and make an emergency call:
However, there’s a new feature in iOS8, that lets you also add emergency medical info, so that in case you have an accident and you are unconscious, first responders can find out who you are. To set it up, launch the Health app, and tap Medical ID. You can enter your name, weight, height, medical allergies, medications, blood type, emergency contacts, and whether you are an organ donor.
To use it, just swipe the phone, tap Emergency, then tap MedicalID.
Do you know any paramedics, nurses, police officers or other first responders? Let’s spread the word!