Smartphone Medical ID in an emergency

Emergency room and Medical ID on a smartphone

Your smartphone can help in an emergency even if you are unresponsive. Both iOS (iPhone) and Android have a standard feature in ‘Settings’ called Medical ID (iPhone) or Emergency information (Android) where information useful in an emergency is available to first responders and emergency room staff and is accessible from your locked phone screen.

Medical ID braceletEmergency workers are increasingly aware to check smartphones for this information:

  • medical conditions and notes
  • personal information
  • allergies
  • blood type
  • organ donation details
  • emergency contacts

The feature is similar to medical jewellery but can make a lot more information available. Be aware that the information you provide will also be available to anyone with your phone without unlocking it.

There are also a range of other free medical emergency apps available for smartphones such as Medical ID.