Why You Should Update Your Medical ID in Health

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It’s been seven years since Apple introduced the Medical ID on your iPhone, and if you still haven’t set it up, here’s how you do it — and why you should.

The Health app on your iPhone was introduced in 2014. It is where you can enter your Medical ID details — and that’s the kind of information that can help you in emergencies. For instance – if you are in a car crash and are unconscious, the EMT’s can easily read your Health details. Not only can they know of things like medicine allergies, blood type, height and weight, but they can also call your emergency contacts, and that call will show up on their phone as you, since it is coming from your phone. All of this without having to know your passcode to unlock the phone while you’re unconscious.

A few moments of work now can potentially save your life later.

How to add your Medical ID information

  1. Open the Health app and tap on the Browse button at bottom right
  2. Tap on your profile picture at top right
  3. Choose Medical ID
  4. Choose Edit
  5. Most importantly, make sure Show When Locked is turned On

It’s up to you what medical information you add, but some of it will be already filled in. Your name and birth date will have been gathered from when you first created your Apple ID, however many years ago that might be.

Medical ID Summary

And then your current age will be automatically calculated and displayed, too.

Until you press the Edit button, the screen only shows you what information you have entered. This is what first responders will see when they access your Medical ID.

Once you’ve tapped on Edit, the page expands to include all possible categories that Apple’s Health app tracks. Some of that is very general, such as:

  • Medical Conditions
  • Medical Notes
  • Allergies & Reactions
  • Medications

Each of these is a free-text field in which you can enter anything. Do take the time to check the spelling of medications and conditions. Most of the rest of the options are more specific:

  • Blood type
  • Whether you’re an organ donor
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Primary language 

Add emergency contacts to your Medical ID

Tap on Add emergency contacts and your iPhone will present your Contacts list to you. Choose whose name you want shown as your emergency contact, and then you are shown their complete contact details.

Choose which is the best way to reach them, most typically their cell number. 

Then iOS asks you who they are and presents a long list of options including spouse, mother, father, and so on. You can add more than one contact.

When you’re finished choosing them, tap Done.

What happens next

Hopefully the only thing that ever happens is that the figure you entered for your weight gets progressively less accurate. However, should you be involved in an accident, or any event that incapacitates you, the emergency services can now get this vital detail.

To do this, they have to press and hold on both the sleep/wake button and either of the volume buttons. This is how you make an emergency call, but it also shows responders a Medical ID button.

When they tap that, they get a screen showing all the medical details you’ve chosen to list.

Seems too complicated?

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(This article is extracted from appleinsider.com)

How to Enable COVID-19 Exposure Notifications on iPhone

(Update10/30/20: Half a million Colorado residents have already enabled notifications.) Apple and Google have joined forces to help governments and health authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. They have released the first version of their exposure notification software for both iOS and Android devices. The State of Colorado just announced their participation as of today, Sunday October 25, 2020.

The tech giants want to assist developers who’re working for health authorities in creating apps that can alert users if they’ve been in contact with an infected person. This is made possible by using Bluetooth to securely share your random ID with nearby devices. These IDs are then deleted after 14 days, which is the above-average incubation period for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.

It’s up to you to decide if you want to opt-in to this anonymous logging and notification system (we recommend that you do). This article will show you how to enable COVID-19 exposure logging and notifications on your iPhone.

How to Enable COVID-19 Exposure Logging & Notifications on iPhone

This feature is only available to iPhones with iOS 13.5 and later; earlier phones will not have this functionality. Note that availability depends on many factors including regional support. Go to Settings > Exposure Notifications > United States > Colorado (or your country/state).

Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad

Once enabled, public health agencies can quickly inform users if they’ve been in contact with an infected person. With this, they can determine how long the users were in proximity and the approximate distance between their devices using Bluetooth signal strength.

Not all states, countries, and health authorities are using this yet. Here is a page with a current listing of all participating countries.

If you wish to learn more about this feature, the State of Colorado has a very informative page here. This page also includes instructions for enabling this functionality on Android devices. Apple and Google have created an excellent explainer video, viewable here. You can also learn more in general about what Apple is doing regarding COVID-19 on their COVID-19 page.

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Can I Do Dictation on My Mac? Yes!

Most everyone is familiar with how to do dictation on an iPhone by activating the microphone within the keyboard and/or using Siri. This has your phone interpret your speech and turn that into text, as if typing on the keyboard. But did you know you can do the same thing with your Mac? It’s true! Apple has continued to improve upon this service over the years. Any Mac with OS X from Mojave 10.14 and beyond, has the ability to do dictation with high accuracy.

Whether you are composing an email, sending a message through iMessage, or writing a long Word document, your Mac can take dictation for you – no typing required.

Set up your Mac to Listen

  1. Under the Apple menu, open System Preferences.
  2. Select “Keyboard” and when that opens, click on the “Dictation” tab on the right.
  3. For the “Dictation” radio button, turn that to “On.”
  4. On the left, select “Internal Microphone” or other preferred mic. You will see the microphone animation responding to the ambient sound.

To get started, open your email, Word document, or iMessage window and place your cursor where you want to begin. Press the Function or “fn” key in the lower left-hand corner of your keyboard twice in a row. A small window with a microphone will appear and will indicate that your Mac is now listening and waiting to dictate your speaking.

Similar to Siri or dictation on the iPhone, you will need to speak your punctuation as well, such as saying “period” or “question mark” at the end of a sentence. Fortunately, Apple put together a handy list of Commands for Dictating Text on Mac.

When you are finished, either press the Done button text just below the microphone icon, or press the function or “fn” key once to have your Mac stop listening.

The quieter your surrounding environment can be, the more accurate your Mac’s dictation will be.

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