Yesterday, July 5, 2016, Apple announced that, with the release of iOS 10 this coming fall, iPhone users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor in the Apple Health app. All registrations submitted through the Health app will be sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry, which is operated by Donate Life America.
The registration form will include name, birthday, phone number of an emergency contact, blood type, weight, and height, as shown in the image above. This update to the Health app will enable nationally-registered donors to carry their decision with them wherever they choose to go.
David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America, released a statement stating,”On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs.”
According to the Donate Life America website, a person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes; 22 people die each day waiting for an organ; one donor can save and heal more than 50 lives.
Fleming continued, “By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’re making it easier for people to find out about organ, eye and tissue donation and quickly register. This is a huge step forward that will ultimately help save lives.”
The Health app on iPhone currently provides a complete view of an user’s health and fitness data. A component of this app is Medical ID, which can display medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, and emergency contacts.
“Apple’s mission has always been to create products that transform people’s lives. With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register. It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO. “Together with Donate Life America, we’re excited to deliver this new feature to iPhone users in the US with iOS 10.”