Apple urges organ donation via iPhone software

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Apple on Tuesday announced that the coming version of software for iPhones will include an easy way for people in the USA to become organ donors. Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that it teamed up with Donate Life America to build donor registration into the Health app in iOS 10, due out this fall.

There are over 120,000 people now waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States, with a new patient added every ten minutes. More than 120,000 Americans are now waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

“Apple’s mission has always been to create products that transform people’s lives”, Jeff Williams, chief operating officer of Apple, said in a statement.

The move is in part inspired by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, who was passionate about the cause and threw his weight behind efforts to make California’s organ donation process more efficient with a 2010 bill that was signed into law.

When Apple rolled out its new OS last month, senior vice president Craig Federighi told consumers iOS 10 will be “the biggest iOS release ever for our users”. After signing up for the donor registry, users will be able to show their organ donor status on this optional “emergency information” display that can be seen on a locked iPhone. Another new button will link to information about organ donation.

Will you sign up to become an organ donor on your phone? 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.

It might not be as dramatic as some of the other updates, but it features a lot of visual tweaks and a fantastic new lock screen feature.

Developers, don your Upgrading Gloves, because Apple has new betas out for its upcoming operating systems.

Kim Perkins received a pancreas from a 16-year-old donor from Georgia in 2013, after complications from Type 1 Diabetes put her on the transplant list. Registrations will be sent directly to the Donate Life Registry, which Richmond, Virginia-based Donate Life America manages.

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