Truth. Whether I am with my kids, working, running errands, or resting, I am always with my iPhone. It is a powerful tool used in my everyday life. I can stay connected, obtain information, and I consider it a safety device. Now, I’m not trying to rationalize my strong relationship with my phone or justify my use by giving it super powers to defend against the dark arts.
The beauty of my mobile device is that it affords me freedom. It is my traveling office that allows me to work from my home and pick up my kids from school. Since I’m always on the go, like all other moms and dads, I appreciate the security of being able to make a phone call in the event of an emergency. Or helping to find me if I get lost. But those aren’t the only safety features of the glorious iPhone.
I’m referring to a safety option that I only came across by accident a while back and one that not many people are familiar with yet. I genuinely believe it is one of the most important settings available on the iPhone, and I hope you’ll consider it.
The *Medical ID screen in your iPhone can have everything from your medical conditions, medications, ICE (in case of emergency) contacts, blood type, organ donor status, height/weight, and others. You can enter as much information or as little as you feel comfortable. It can be viewed from your locked screen (see below to adjust access). I know there may be concern about having that type of personal health information available, and I understand that. As a nurse and family with chronic medical issues, it is my belief that Medical ID could provide pertinent health data at a time when it would be most needed.
Below are the step-by-step instructions to set it up as well as a .pdf to print or for download. Please feel free to share it with your family and friends.
Medical ID setup for iPhone <<Click link below to download.
Along the lines of family safety, below is a list of some of safety products I have. It may seem extreme, but I was in NY on 9/11 and during Hurricane Sandy. I look at the Medical ID feature as a electronic medical alert bracelet. Traveling solo with my kids, for business or pleasure, I try to be a safety girl. How do you feel about making your medical information accessible?
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