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Apple's Medical ID: A Must-Have Tool

Your smartwatch carries a feature that has the potential to save your life. Enter Apple’s Medical ID – an innovative feature within the Apple Health app that modernizes the way we think about health information. With the Apple Health app’s Medical ID feature, you can transform your wrist into a personal health advocate that safeguards your most vital health details, like medical conditions, blood type, allergies, and medications. To you, this may seem like trivial information, but in the right (or wrong) situation, this could be potentially life-saving information that is able to be accessible at a glance.  

For those dealing with conditions like Alpha-Gal syndrome, the Medical ID feature on the Apple Watch is a powerful tool, enhancing safety and providing peace of mind. Taking a few minutes to set up and regularly update your Medical ID offers crucial information that can make a significant difference in emergency situations.

What is Medical ID?

Medical ID is a feature built into the Health app on your iPhone and Apple Watch. It allows you to store your critical health information like allergies, blood type, emergency contacts, medications, and conditions into one place. Setting up your Medical ID is a breeze, and once you activate it, anyone can view your crucial health information right from your Apple Watch’s lock screen – saving you the hassle of unlocking your watch or searching through apps. 

Why It's a Lifesaver

Emergency Situations
  • In the event that you are unable to communicate, Medical ID can act as your voice and provide first responders with instant access to life-saving information, increasing your chances of receiving appropriate care quickly. 

Everyday Convenience
  • When you are filling out yearly medical forms or going to your regular doctor visits, Medical ID can act as a handy reference. 

Peace of Mind
  • Medical ID offers peace of mind to all, especially to those with chronic conditions, drug allergies, or specific medical needs. It assures you that your unique medical profile is always at hand and lowers the potential of medical mishaps. 

Sharing with Loved Ones
  • The feature also allows you to share your medical details with family members and caretakers, ensuring they are prepared to act in case of an emergency. 

How to Set Up the Medical ID on your iPhone

  1. Locate Apple’s Health App on your iPhone

  2. On the app’s summary page, click on your Profile icon

  3. Click on "Medical ID"

  4. Press edit on the upper right hand corner

  5. Fill out your medical ID by entering your information in the boxes indicated (emergency contacts, allergies, medications, blood type, etc.)

  6. To save, select Done after inputting your information!

How to View Somebody's Medical ID on their Apple Watch

  1. Press and hold the side button until the sliders appear

  2. Slide the Medical ID slider to the right

  3. Tap Done when you’re finished


Apple Health’s Medical ID isn’t just a product – it’s just your personal healthcare advocate available 24/7. It shows how technology can be used for important healthcare needs and is the perfect mix of innovation and practicality.

With technology being such a big part of our daily lives, it’s reassuring to know that our devices also play an important role in protecting our most valuable asset – our health. That said, take some time to set up your Medical ID – it’s a small step that can have a huge impact on your well-being.

Co-author: Kate Chang


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