Your Phone Could Save Your Life!

 

Our smartphones have gotten so smart, that they have a mind-boggling array of features and can store amazing amounts of data.

And of course, to protect all that we have stored in them, most of us keep them locked up tight. So what if (heaven forbid!) you were out and about and somehow got knocked unconscious. There’s your phone in your pocket, with tons of helpful information in it, but no one can access any of it to actually assist you when you need it most.

iPhones come with a built-in Health “app” that allows you to enter any information you think people would need to know if you are unable to speak for yourself. It has other features, too, like tracking daily activity, fitness information, and even automatically updates your data from smart scales, home blood pressure cuffs, and more. You can manually input your info as well.

If you open that Health app and press the “Medical ID” icon at the bottom of the screen, you can enter your name and date of birth, medical conditions and medications you take, allergies, blood type, emergency contacts, and any notes you care to include such as insurance information (you could include a note that you wear contacts or dentures, for example).

After you enter and save that data, it is accessible to anyone who wakes up your phone and swipes past the opening screen. On the screen where you would enter your passcode, the word “Emergency” appears on the bottom left. Anyone can touch that word and the “Emergency ID” information you entered will pop up, even if your phone is locked.

Android phones have health app options as well via the Google Play store. At the very least, there’s a way to take a screenshot of medical and emergency information and keep it as wallpaper on your locked screen so that it will be visible to first responders or Good Samaritans if the need should ever arise.

And I hope it doesn’t! Be well, friends!!

Category : Blog &Health Posted on August 15, 2018

One Comment → “Your Phone Could Save Your Life!”


  1. Karen Ball
    4 months ago

    Important information. Thanks for sharing.
    Here is another life-saving feature of smartphones: In your Address book identify the person who is to be contacted ‘In Case of Emergency’ by placing the capital letters ICE in front of their name. Emergency medical people know to look there for an ICE contact. It would look like this: ICE Mary Jones. Of course, they would have to be able to get into the phone!

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