9 Tips for Storing and Tracking Medical Data on Your iPhone

Apple’s Health app offers a wealth of information related to your health and medical history, your fitness and physical activity, and your vital statistics, all accessible from your iPhone. But there is even more to the app than meets the eye. You can add your medications and set alerts on when to take them, share your health information with your doctor and loved ones, sign up for organ donation, and track your overall health. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of Apple’s Health app.


1. Create a medical ID

Create a medical ID

The Medical ID screen in the Health app contains information about your medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, and emergency contacts. In an emergency, other people, such as family members and medical personnel, can access these details from your phone’s lock screen.

To set up your ID and add the necessary data, open the Health app and tap on your profile icon in the top right corner. To choose Medical IDthen touch the Start button.

Add more data to the medical ID

You can then add your date of birth, medical conditions, medical notes, allergies and reactions, medications, blood type, organ donor status, weight, height, primary language, and emergency contact. Be sure to turn on the switches to Show when locked Y Share during an emergency call in the Emergency Call section to make your medical ID accessible from the lock screen during an emergency.

Access your medical ID

To access your medical ID yourself, simply open the Health app, tap your profile icon, and select Medical ID. But what if you have a disability and can’t use your phone? Someone who needs to see that information, like a family member or medical professional, can access it from the lock screen.

If your iPhone has a Home button, tap it to display the keyboard screen. For phones without a home button, swipe up to display the same screen. Play Emergencythen choose Medical ID to display all of your medical identification information.


2. Sign up for organ donation

Sign up for organ donation

You can register as an organ donor directly from the Health app. Touch your profile icon to open your profile screen, then select organ donation. tap on the Sign up with Donate Life button. Confirm the existing information, then add the required details. Play Continuethen review the information on the next screen and touch Complete registration with Donate Life.


3. Enable a health checklist

Enable conditions for a status checklist

When your iPhone and Apple Watch are paired, you can be alerted if a certain medical condition or ailment is detected. From the Health app, open your profile screen and touch health checklist. Apple Watch owners will see options for fall detection, low heart rate notifications, irregular rhythm notifications, walking stability notifications, and noise notifications.

Play Enable next to each option in the Inactive section that you want to monitor. Additional settings can be set for each item, such as keeping fall detection on at all times or only during workouts. You can also set the threshold for low heart rate notifications. When enabled, each item will appear in the Active section.


4. Add your medical records

Add your health records

You can add and view your medical records from compatible hospitals and health care facilities. For this to work, you will need an account with the medical provider, which you must have set up from their associated web portal. From the Health app, open your profile screen and touch health recordsthen select Start.

Next, you are asked to grant permission for the app to access your location. Select Allow while using the app either Allowing once to view a list of nearby hospitals and medical centers. Tap the name of the facility that has your medical records, then choose Connect and sign in with your account. Confirm that you want to sign in and the Health app creates a connection.

Access your health records

After connecting with your healthcare providers, you can view your past medical records from the Health app. tap on the Browse , then scroll down to the Health Records section. Play all records to see all of your records from each provider you’ve added to the app.

You can also touch a specific category, such as Allergies or Lab Results, to see just those results. Touch a specific provider to view all logs for that facility. You can also touch a specific result to see more details and historical data.


5. Add a COVID-19 vaccination card to the health app

COVID vaccine in the health app

Fewer places are requiring you to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination these days, but with the pending launch of an Omicron-focused booster on the horizon, it may be beneficial to have your vaccination records ready. On iPhone, the easiest way to add immunization records to the Health app is with a QR code.

Naturally, it’s a bit difficult to scan a QR code that’s on your phone with your phone, but you can save an image of your QR code, long press it, touch Open in Health and then select Add to Wallet and Health. Or email records to yourself with a QR code or upload it to a cloud storage service, open it on another device and scan the code with your iPhone. Play Add to Wallet and Health. Find it later via Browse > Health Records > Immunizations > COVID-19 Vaccine.


6. Add your medications

Add your medications

New with iOS 16 is an option that allows you to add and manage your medications. You can even set timers to alert you when to take each one. To configure this, touch the button Browse icon at the bottom and select medicines. Play Add a drug, then write the name of the medicine or scan the name and dosage on a bottle with your phone’s camera. Choose the type of medicine, the dose and how often. At the right time, a notification will appear to remind you to take the medicine.


7. Track your health and fitness

Track your health and fitness

If you have an Apple Watch, the Health app automatically syncs, stores, and displays your activity. But even without an Apple Watch, the app logs some data, especially if you’re using iOS 16. To see this information in the Health app, tap the Browse icon and select Exercise.

You’ll see stats about the distances you walked and walked, the number of minutes you stood, the number of minutes you exercised, the number of flights climbed, and the number of steps you walked. Tap a specific stat to see its historical data.


8. View a summary of your health information

View a summary of your health information

To see your latest health records, activity data, and other highlights, touch the Summary icon at the bottom of the screen. Swipe down the screen to see each type of data. Play Show all highlights to view additional highlights. Touch a specific highlight to see your recent results.


9. Share your health information

Share your health information with a family member

You can share certain medical and health information with others, including family members and your own doctor. tap on the Exchange at the bottom of the Health app, then tap share with someone. You can then choose a family member and choose the specific data you want to share. Tap Share and the person will receive an invitation to view your data.

Share your health information with a doctor

To share health information with your doctor or medical facility, touch Exchangethen choose the Share with your doctor Link. Play next to see a list of supported providers. In order for you to share information in this way, your doctor must support the feature, so check with them first before trying this out. If you see your doctor, tap on their name and connect your account.

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