In case you get hurt in a car accident, take a nasty tumble, fall down a cliff, or get struck by lightning (okay, those last two are a little extreme), it's always good to carry up-to-date information about your health, in case you can't speak for yourself.
A physical medical ID wallet card or bracelet can provide this information, but with such advanced technology at our fingertips, wouldn't it be better to just have your pertinent information readily available on your iPhone? With iOS 8, it's a cinch to set up, and here's how.
Through the new Health app on iOS 8—meant to be a dashboard of all your medical-related data—you can set up a Medical ID, consisting of important information that that can help out first responders, nurses, doctors, caregivers, and family and friends.
In Health, tap on Medical ID, then Edit and begin filling out information such as your full name, birthdate, medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, and more.
When you're done, make sure that Show When Locked is enabled. This way, anyone that needs access to your information can bring up your Medical ID through the lock screen.
Tap Emergency on your lock screen, then on Medical ID, to view your health information, all without having to enter a passcode.
Not only can Medical ID be invaluable for emergencies where you're incapacitated, but it can also bring a child back to their parent, give a lost phone back to its owner, or get a drunken stranger reunited with their friends, thanks to the emergency contact information.
There's a lot to learn about the new iOS 8 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so make sure to visit our iOS 8 tips section to explore all of the new features and hidden tricks. You can also check out the 33 coolest new features and 11 of the more hidden features in iOS 8's new messages app.