Apple is making it easier for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to share their medical information with 911 call centers during an emergency. On Wednesday, the company said iOS 13.5 will allow you to set up your phone or smartwatch to share any information you have saved in your Medical ID automatically.
In case, If you’re not familiar with Medical ID, it’s a feature within Apple’s Health app. You can edit it to include information like your blood type, any existing medical conditions you may have, emergency contacts as well as any food and medical allergies. With this functionality, the Apple device will use your location to determine if you’re in an area with support for Enhanced Emergency Data services when you call 911.
The company says the new feature will work in coordination with the Apple Watch Series 4’s and Series 5’s fall detection tech. This feature has been introduced to help people in a situation in which they might not be able to talk to a 911 operator themselves.
This new feature also complements one of the iOS features that was added a while ago. You can set up your iPhone to display your Medical ID in case of an emergency. Once you turn on the feature, an icon on the bottom left of your iPhone’s lock screen allows a first responder to see your Medical ID card without unlocking your phone.
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