Apple Sleeve Medical ID Tag
When you have a medical condition that follows you everywhere, it can be difficult to provide essential information to people if you are in need of assistance. The LIFEID Apple Sleeve Medical ID Tag is the perfect accessory for the Apple Watch because it serves the purpose of providing access to that type of information. The tag is small, lightweight, and it blends together nicely with the Apple Watch's band.
- EASE OF USE
LIFEID is a unique device that uses technology in a smart way.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child. I am no stranger to medical alert bracelets, tags, jewelry, or anything that essentially advertises that I have a medical condition in bright red, capitalized letters. Growing up, I always felt like I was wearing a neon sign that alerted the world that I was sick. All I wanted was to be treated like a normal kid.
The bracelets and necklaces were always too big. They were bulky, difficult to wear, intrusive, and gaudy. I loathed wearing it, but my mom felt it was an absolute necessity. The medical information was custom engraved onto the tag, and it was ridiculously expensive to replace as your medical information changed. Not to mention, the price increased based on the number of letters or words being engraved. It just wasn’t a feasible option to keep up to date when I was younger.
Fortunately, technology has changed which has made life with TID easier. For the last few years, I have used my Apple Watch and phone in combination with a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor. My phone and watch work together with Dexcom to monitor my blood sugar in real-time and send alerts to my phone or watch. Adding something like a LIFEID tag to my watch band just made sense. I was excited to give this a try.
The LIFEID Medical ID is designed to provide an easy option for people to access vital information when someone may not be able to communicate it for themselves. The Apple Sleeve Medical ID Tag is a small, durable tag that is made from lightweight medical-grade silicone and stainless steel. It’s sweat-resistant and waterproof. The tag is compatible with Series 1-6 Apple Watch bands (38mm, 40mm, 42mm, and 44mm).
While they are most easily used with the Apple Sport bands, they can fit onto other designs as well. LIFEID Medical IDs come with a free user profile dashboard. Users determine the information they want to include and an emergency contact receives a GPS text when the tag is scanned. LIFEID never sells or gives away any user information. The QR code does work anywhere in the world, too.
Setting up the LIFE ID was very simple. I went to the website and registered as a new user. The enrollment process is simple and allows you to register your LIFE ID tag. Once you are enrolled, you log in and enter your personal information and your medical history. You have the option to upload a photo. I struggled with this a bit due to the size restrictions on the photo. The file limit is 1024 KB.
Fortunately, I still had a copy of my passport mugshot that happened to be the right size. My favorite thing about this process is that each medication, allergy, or health condition had space for you to add notes. You can also enter your blood type, health insurance information, height, weight, and multiple emergency contacts.
The LIFE ID tag sits nicely on my watchband, and it isn’t bulky. The tag did not slide down my watch when I took my watch off to charge. My only complaint is that the size of the tag is larger than I would prefer.
If I had a custom watch band, the tag would hide the design. However, that is most definitely a “me issue” and I can live with it. The size of the tag does not take away from the product. Out of curiosity, I decided to scan my tag to see how my information was displayed and how quickly it appeared. I was very pleased with the results.
Overall, this product seems to be very well thought out. It is functional and very easy to set up. I love that it provides a valuable service to people with health concerns. That’s really the best part of technology. For more information, visit lifeid.health, Facebook, and Twitter.