Apple’s Health App to Encourage Organ Donation

July 5, 2016

8:00 pm

The merge between technology and healthcare is becoming narrower, thanks to intersecting industries. And with Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 software release, the company is making the link even more apparent for users.

With Apple’s iOS 10 software, iPhone users will be able to sign up to make organ donation an easier process. The update will affect the company’s Health app, which iPhone users can already access, and allow them to register for organ, eye, and tissue donations right on their mobile devices.

David Flemming, President & CEO of Donate Life America, said the following about the merge between Apple and Donate Life America:

“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 — and one donor can save as many as eight lives. 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.”

According to Apple’s announcement and research, “Over 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant — and every 10 minutes, a new individual is added to the national transplant waiting list. Each organ donor can save as many as eight lives and heal many more through the gifts of tissue and eye donation. In the absence of donor registration, families are left to make the decision about donation in what is often the worst moment of their lives, the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one.” The hope is that by making organ donation mobile, it will allow for broader access with organ donation, as well as further merging technology with healthcare.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she’s using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color.

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