Health care professionals have long recommended that such patients obtain emergency medical identification, such as MedicAlert jewelry (bracelet, dog tag necklace) or wallet cards, that allows people to easily identify when someone is having a medical emergency and take steps to get appropriate medical help. Many people do utilize such accessories. However, the majority of people, including children, do not wear emergency medical identification, and this can pose great risks.
The new iOS version 8.0 for iPhone and iPad includes an application called Health that is automatically loaded onto the user’s device. Within this application, patients can set up their Medical ID that contains information such as medical conditions, allergies, medications, emergency contacts, physician information, and care requests (for example, Do Not Resuscitate). This information can then be accessed from the locked home screen of the device by selecting the “emergency” option. There are applications on cellular phones with the Android platform that can be downloaded and will allow similar access from a locked home screen, but the user must find and download the application rather than having it automatically appear on the device.