Apple's Health app update allows iPhone users to register as organ donors

Apple and Donate Life America announced Tuesday that iPhone users will for the first time be able to sign up to become organ, eye and tissue donors via the latest release of Apple's Health app. Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, said "with the updated Health app, we're providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register," adding that "it's a simple process that takes just a few seconds."

The app's Medical ID feature makes critical health information available to first responders, and can display categories such as medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type and emergency contacts. Apple noted that in the iOS 10 update, Medical ID allows organ donor registrations submitted from the iPhone to be sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America.

David Fleming, CEO of Donate Life America, said "we're making it easier for people to find out about organ, eye and tissue donation and quickly register," describing the initiative as "a huge step forward that will ultimately help save lives."

Meanwhile, Facebook, Google and Twitter are also developing new tools and public advocacy campaigns to aid in driving organ donor registration. 

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