Apple is integrating a brand new feature into its upcoming iOS 10, that will let users receive instructions on and even become, organ and tissue donors. The company has teamed up with Donate Life America for the brand new initiative.
There are already Organ donation drives, camps and whatnot around America that are led by organizations such as Donate Life. However, despite all these efforts, there are still over 120,000 Americans currently waiting for a life saving transplant — and a new person is added to the list every ten minutes.
As huge as the numbers sound, they are actually puny in comparison to the number of people who are able to donate. However, it is a question of whether they are willing or not, which is exactly where Apple’s latest update might help. The new update will introduce a simple sign-up process to the iOS 10 Health app.
Thanks to the new feature, iPhone users can now choose to learn more and register for donation within just a few taps. Also, all the registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry which is managed by Donate Life America. This will enable people to sign up for the noble cause, whenever they feel inspired to do so.
Speaking on the topic, David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America said,
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. By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’remaking 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.
In fact, a single donor can save upto eight lives, which makes Apple’s mission all the more important. Adding the ability to sign up for a good cause from your mobile phone — which has turned into our one constant companion — will hopefully bring in lots of new donators.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO, adds that,
Apple’s mission has always been to create products that transform people’s lives. With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register.
The move also significantly enhances the features of the Health app, which was already pretty useful. Apart from making critical health information available in case of emergency to first responders, the app will also let users sign up to become an eye, organ or tissue donor.