New in iOS 8 you are able to create a Medical ID in the Health App. Even though the rest of the Health app is down, the Medical ID is fully functioning. The Medical ID is important because in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone. To continue to make a Medical ID, press the word Create Medical ID in red.

In order to have a Medical ID you need to have Show When Locked turned on so it will be available to be used on the lock screen. Then there are places for you to include a picture of yourself, your name, birthdate, medical conditions, medical notes, allergies and reactions, medications, put in emergency contact, add blood type, specify whether or not you are an organ donor, and put in your height and weight. When putting in an emergency contact you can denote the relationship of that person to you. To save the information you have entered press on the word Done in white in the upper right hand corner.

People will not be able to get into your phone when you have a passcode on it. They won’t even be able to make a phone call to the person you call the most frequently on your phone. However, by pressing on the word Emergency in the lower left hand corner, they will be able to call 911 for the emergency. New, they can press on the word Medical ID in the lower left hand corner, and it will display your medical information. Here the person can call the people you listed in case of an emergency.

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