Apple wants to make it easier than ever to donate organs by allowing fans to register as donors via their iPhone. With a new software update, users will be able to sign up through the Health app that is pre-installed on every device.
The Health app is already an incredibly useful tool for those who care about keeping themselves fit, and those who have a medical condition they need to keep track of. Since it launched with iOS 8 in 2014, it has become even more useful — and it’s going to get better.
In a future iOS update (we don’t know which one yet), Health app users will be able to register as organ donors using only their iPhone. It’s thought the process will be as simple as tapping a button.
“CEO Tim Cook says he hopes the new software will help ease a longstanding donor shortage,” reports the AP via CNBC. “He told The Associated Press that the problem hit home when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs endured an “excruciating” wait for a liver transplant in 2009.”
The only bad news is, signing up as a donor will be available only to iPhone owners located in the U.S. initially. Apple will almost certainly want to change that later on, but rules and regulations for organ donation in other countries could make it difficult elsewhere.[Via CNBC]