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New Apple Health App to Serve as Organ Donation Matchmaker

Posted by Kerrie P on 07/07/2016

Apple and Donate Life America on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer an organ donation app when the new iOS 10 update becomes available this autum. iPhone users will be able to register for the program with a couple taps of a button. They'll be able to sign up to make organ, eye or tissue donations, automatically entering their information in the National Donate Life Registry, which is managed by Donate Life America.

Apple's Health app keeps a user's key health and fitness data in a single place. It includes a medical ID that provides critical information -- such as allergies, medications, blood type and next-of-kin notifications -- to first responders. A preview of iOS 10 is currently available to iOS Developer Program members. A public beta will be available to users starting at the end of the month.

Another advantage of the iPhone program is that registering through the app will allow the user's request to remain in force across state lines, according to Apple. The organ donation app is Apple's latest move to broaden the reach of its healthcare apps, which represent a growing market for mobile providers. The company earlier this year launched CareKit and ResearchKit, which allow iOS developers to create different forms of medical apps to help doctors and patients communicate, and to help diagnose a number of different medical conditions, including Parkinson's, cancer, heart disease and diabetes

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