Android phones now have the capability to transmit medical data while making 911 calls

Android users are receiving an update that has the potential to be a life-saving feature in the future. Android users with a device equipped with the Personal Safety app now have the option to share their medical information with first responders when contacting 911 via call or text. Since the release of iOS 13.5 in 2020, iPhone and Apple Watch users have had access to this exciting feature.

Android users have the option to include important details like the caller’s name, allergies, emergency contacts, and any preexisting medical conditions. “This is when the information you store in your phone becomes invaluable to 911,” stated Tenea Reddick, ECC director at the Baltimore City Fire Department. This information is readily accessible prior to dispatch and the arrival of responders. It’s incredibly efficient because we have all the necessary information at our fingertips, allowing us to respond quickly and effectively. This feature is particularly advantageous in situations where the individual reaching out to 911 is unable to communicate.

Currently, this feature is exclusively accessible on Android devices equipped with the Personal Safety app, such as the Nothing Phone 1 and the Google Pixel 4 through the Google Pixel 8 Pro. To enable the new feature, simply navigate to the “Your info” section of the Personal Safety app on your devices. Once they’ve located it, they can simply click on “Emergency Info Access” and then proceed to select “Share during an emergency call.”

Android and Apple’s services are powered by RapidSOS, a robust safety platform that efficiently shares vital information with over 16,000 911 and field responder agencies during emergencies. Apple users have the option to utilize Medical ID, a feature within the Health app. This handy tool allows users to store important information like blood type, emergency contacts, allergies, and preexisting medical conditions. It’s a convenient feature that provides peace of mind. RapidSOS shares this valuable data with first responders, enabling them to quickly determine a person’s location in emergency situations, especially in areas with enhancedenhanced emergency data services. Since 2018, Android users have been able to conveniently send location data through RapidSOS.