New iOS feature automatically sends medical informationon to emergency services

The latest beta version of Apple 13.5 iOS includes a new Health app feature that allows iPhone and Apple users to automatically send medical identification informationon to first responders.

Apple’s next medical ID sharing feature.

When enabled, the “Share Medical ID” feature pushes informationon stored in the Health app to emergency services when a user calls 911, providing data that could be vital to providing effective care . Users can also choose to display medical credentials on an iPhone’s lock screen in an emergency.

With Medical ID, users can list relevant health informationon, including allergies, medical conditions, blood type, medications and more.

“iPhone and Apple can automatically send your medical identification informationon to the dispatcher who answers your call,” says Apple. “It can speed up the process of getting the care you need.”

Additionally, Share Medical ID can be configured to activate when Apple’s fall detection capability is triggered. Available on Apple Series 4 and Series 5 devices, Fall Detection monitors accelerometer data to determine when a user has “suffered a hard fall.” has an option to call emergency services or, if configured, automatically sends an SOS.

Medical ID sharing functionality is currently available in areas that support enhanced emergency data, an initiative that sends location data from smartphones to help first responders locate distressed users.

The feature was introduced Wednesday with the beta version of Apple iOS 13.5. When opening the Health application, users are invited to consult the “Emergency access to medical ID” options, where they can subscribe to the automated service.

The sharing of medical identifiers should be rolled out to all users in the coming weeks.

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