On Tuesday, Apple announced that it is now working on a new organ donor registry button which allows Americans to sign-up for eye, organs and tissue donation through the iPhone and iPad. This new organ donor feature is added to the iPhone’s health app.
Apple and Donate Life America, a non-profit organization manages organ donations teamed to build this few feature to boost up the organ donations in the US. This feature will be available in iOS 10 after the launch in the fall. The feature is all set for limited release later this month.
Tim Cook, present CEO and friend of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told that this new feature was partially inspired by former CEO Steve, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer went through an ‘excruciating’ wait for a liver transplant in the year 2009. Cook in a statement to the Associated Press said, “Watching and seeing him every day, waiting and not knowing – it stuck with me and left an impression that I’ll never forget.”
As per the company’s press release, over 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant. According to David Fleming, CEO at Donate Life on an average one person dies every hour in US waiting for organ transplant as the need for live saving transplants rises and one donor can save as many as eight lives.
Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff William said, “It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives.” Analyst Tim Bajarin earlier this year wrote that the company is “on a mission to improve the overall health of its customers as well as that of the healthcare system,” which is a “task Jobs gave them before he died.”
Well, the new function which is probably expected in the month of September will work through the Medical ID feature. This feature allows doctors and medical providers to access donors emergency contact details and allergies without knowing the user’s passcode.