Imagine this: you're in a bad accident, with injuries serious enough to render you unable to communicate with paramedics. As a result, the doctors working on you don't have the full information on your health history and allergies. It's a terrifying thought for anyone, but it's made even worse if you do have special medical needs.
In the past, people often had handwritten notes with emergency contact information stashed in their wallet. In these modern times of smartphones, having that information readily accessible is easier than ever before.
Most smartphones come equipped with an emergency contact and medical history feature. This allows anyone to be able to quickly learn your basic medical history and preferred emergency contact within seconds, especially if you're unresponsive.
Some people may already be familiar with the idea of having an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact stored on their phone. However, this is only useful when the phone is unlocked, and may not be able to help you if you are unconscious and/or unable to unlock your phone for paramedics. This new system, called Medical ID, bypasses that issue by allowing your medical contact information readily available without unlocking.
Another way technology is helping save lives:
H/T: Tip Hero