Apple and Donate Life America have announced that iPhone users will be able to become organ, eye, and tissue donors from the Health app once they've updated to iOS 10. Apple says the sign-up process is simple but users will be able to learn more about becoming a donor in the app.
The announcement reads:
“All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. The ability to quickly and easily become a nationally-registered donor enables people to carry their decision with them wherever they go.”
The Health app on iPhone which includes health and fitness data in a central place, will also include your Medical ID, which “makes critical health information available in case of emergency to first responders and is accessible from the iPhone lock screen. Medical ID can display categories like medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type and emergency contacts.”
There are now over 120,000 Americans on the waiting list for lifesaving transplants, and every ten minutes another person gets added to that list. Each organ donor can save up to eight lives and heal many more with tissue and eye donations. In the absence of donor registration, families have to decide whether to allow their deceased relative's organs to be used as donations.
iOS 10 will be available in Autumn this year. Earlier today the second beta of iOS 10 was released to developers.