Smartphones are the best but also the worst at the same time. They are a great time-waster for when you literally have nothing else to do, but that is also their biggest downfall. They detract your attention from what you should be actually doing in your everyday life, making you think that checking your social media or re-organizing your Spotify playlist is more important than doing coursework or washing the dishes.
But this nurse may have found a way to extend your life instead of time-wasting, all with your smartphone. It’s called a Medical ID, and if you’re an iPhone user, it’s a free feature! Well, as long as you’re on the latest software version, anyway. If you’re still using an iPhone 4, you really should move on.
The brilliant nurse, Julia Thompson, took to Facebook to share just how important creating a Medical ID is for every smartphone owner:
“Working in a public hospital and seeing patients in ER all the time, I see many patients come in and we have no way of knowing who they are, or how to contact their next of kin, or their medical history! And their phones are locked!”
However, even though this feature exists, a lot of iPhone users (including experienced ones) don’t know how to set it up. There’s no need to download anything, as the Health app is included with every recent iPhone, or rather, every iPhone that has the ability to run the latest version of the operating system.
If you prefer Androids like me, Thompson has stated that there’s a similar app for droids called ICE ( in case of emergencies) that works similarly. Or, if you have a Samsung, you can always use S Health.
So now you’re probably itching to find out what it takes to create your own Medical ID, and believe it or not, it’s pretty simple. Here are all the steps:
One more thing before we get into that: you can access the ID even when your phone is locked, by clicking on the Emergency button on your Enter Passcode screen, the button will be replaced with the Medical ID button.
Source: Facebook/Julia Thompson
So here’s what you need to do to create your own ID.
Unlock your phone, head into the Health app and click Medical ID on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Fill out your information
Press the Edit option and fill out your vital information. Then enable the Show When Locked slider.
This allows you to access the info when you make an emergency phone call, and it also gives first responders and medical staff the ability to access that info, so that they know what kind of patient they’re dealing with, effectively making the difference between life and death.
If you need a little bit of extra help, you can check out the video below: