How to Fill Out Your iPhone Health Medical ID

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

If you use iPhone Health for nothing but creating a Medical ID, it could save your life. The Medical ID puts all your critical health data, along with one or more emergency contacts, in one place.

The lifesaving part is that it’s accessible from your iPhone’s Lock screen so if the ambulance shows up and you’re unconscious, the EMT can tap the Emergency button on the Lock screen and pull up the name and phone number of your in case of emergency (ICE) contact and see that you’re allergic to iodine and penicillin. Follow these steps to fill out your Medical ID:

  1. Open the Health app.

  2. Tap Medical ID in the Browse bar at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap Create Medical ID.

    In the future, to make changes you’ll tap the Edit button in the upper-right corner.

  4. Tap each field and type in your information (such as name, medical conditions or allergies, medications you take, blood type, and whether you’re an organ donor).

  5. Tap the Show When Locked switch on so this information can be accessed from your iPhone’s Lock screen.

  6. When you tap Add Emergency Contact, the Contacts app opens.

    Scroll to and tap the name of your emergency contact and then tap the phone number you want to add. Tap the person’s relation to you on the next screen, and then you automatically return to the Medical ID screen in Health.

  7. Tap Done and your Medical ID appears.

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