Apple is working on its software features that improve lives during the COVID-19 health pandemic. One of the amazing feature that they are adding is to help first responders will be helpful for iPhone and Apple Watch users even after the post-COVID situation. This change is coming in iOS 13.5 and WatchOS 6.2.5 later this month.
Apple Watch and iPhone have a feature called Medical ID that let you collect critical health data in one place. This data includes information related to a person's date of birth, medical condition, blood type, emergency contact information and more. Medical ID can be accessed from the Lock Screen of the iPhone without passcode by holding the side button on an Apple Watch. Anyone can see important health information about that person in time of need even if that person is not responsive.
iPhone and Apple Watch offer a separate feature called Emergency SOS. When you hold down the side button on an iPhone and Apple Watch for several seconds, the device can call local emergency services for you. Emergency SOS also alert your emergency contact when activated. This feature has been critical in saving lives many times for iPhone and Apple Watch user during accidents.
Medical ID in Emergency Call
iOS 13.5 and WatchOS 6.2.5 is a new capability that connects Medical ID and Emergency SOS together. Later this month, users can opt in to a new Emergency SOS feature that automatically shares Medical ID information. This helps first responders by reducing the need to ask about allergies, medications, and medical conditions. First responders will automatically receive this vital information from Medical ID when Emergency SOS is activated.
The new feature is currently available in the beta versions of iOS and watchOS. Update to iOS 13.5 and watchOS 6.2.5 when the software updates are available later this month.