Medical

How to sign up as an organ donor from the Health app on your iPhone

If you use your iPhone to keep a digital record of information about your health, known as your Medical ID, then you should also know you can use your iPhone’s Health app to sign up as an organ donor.

We know this isn’t for everyone, and you should seriously consider whether or not this is for you before you just go in and blindly sign up, but if you want to register as an organ donor from your iPhone then we’ll show you how in this tutorial.

Apple working with researchers to build ResearchKit apps for gathering DNA data

Apple is collaborating with US researchers to launch apps that would allow iPhone owners to get their DNA tested, according to a new report from MIT’s Technology Review. The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps researchers gather data.
If true, Apple would join a growing battle for genetic information. Everyone from Google, to the government, to top universities are spending millions of dollars to amass large databases of DNA info in an effort to uncover clues that would help identify causes and possible cures for diseases.

LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center integrates Apple’s HealthKit into patient files

Researches at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are bringing data from Apple’s health-tracking platform, HealthKit, into patient files, according to a Bloomberg report Monday.

The unusual move is designed to provide doctors with a more complete overview of their patients’ health, giving them another set of comprehensive health data to take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments.

Already the hospital has updated its online medical records system, turning on access to HealthKit for more than 80,000 patients, Darren Dworkin, chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai, told the news organization.

Thousands of people already signing up for ResearchKit-powered medical studies

Less than 24 hours following Apple’s announcement of ResearchKit, thousands of people have signed up for medical research programs through ResearchKit apps available in the App Store, Bloomberg noted Wednesday.

Stanford University researchers were reportedly “stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study” using ResearchKit.

Do yourself a favor and fill out your iOS 8 Medical ID now

Accidents always happen to others. That’s what we tend to believe anyway. Besides being largely misguided, thinking you’re less likely to get into an accident than the person sitting next to you can be dangerous, mainly because it can lead to you being unprepared in the event you would get into an accident.

There aren’t many ways you can be ready in case something happens to you, but there is one thing you can do right now, directly from your iPhone, and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple minutes.