Apple is launching a new health feature that would ensure iPhone or Apple Watch owners’ Medical ID data reaches the emergency services at the point of contact.

The new feature is coming to iOS 13.5 and watchOS 6.2 would enable users to automatically share their data – which could include medical conditions, blood type, allergies or medications – when dialling 911 in the United States.

The Medical ID feature already exists within iOS and watchOS for this purpose. It can be accessed from the lock screen without a passcode by accessing the emergency call menu. On the Apple Watch, it’s a case of pressing and holding the side button on the Apple Watch.

The idea behind the feature is to ensure paramedics or other medical professionals can get access to potentially life saving information…

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