How Your Phone Can Be a Lifesaver

iPhone Health App
Posted at 7:55 AM, Jun 11, 2015
and last updated 2017-05-30 07:09:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Your iPhone has a built-in feature that can help you get emergency medical help... but do you know how to make sure it's ready to work for you?

The Virtual Medical ID in Apple's iOS8 software for iPhones is a way technology can speak up for you if you can't. If case of an accident or medical emergency, you might not be able to tell emergency responders about your medical history or emergency contact information. Experts say you can think of it as the technological upgrade to wearing a medical ID bracelet or dog tag.

Mike Stewart, founder of, joined us on WTXL Sunrise to show us how to make sure your information is set in your Virtual Medical ID. Click the thumbnail to watch the interview and hear more of his advice.

Stewart also encourages you not only to fill out that information, but to make sure you allow access. That way responders can actually access it, even if your phone is locked.

For more on Stewart's efforts on raising public awareness about this safety feature, click here.