Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 will bring donor registration to the updated Health app. The Cupertino giant has teamed up with Donate Life America, a non-profit alliance of national organizations of USA, to make it very simply for iPhone users to register themselves as eye, organ and tissue donors right from the Health app.
All the registrations will be forwarded directly to National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. According to Apple’s press release, there are about 120,000 people in USA alone which are currently waiting for a transplant which might save their life. A new patient is added to the list every 10 minutes whereas 22 people die every day waiting for transplant. Once again, these stats are for USA only. One can only imagine what the numbers from the rest of the world will be like; especially from third world countries.
“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 of organs — and one donor can save as many as eight lives,” said David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America. “By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’re making 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.”
Apple’s very own Steve Jobs had to wait quite a while for a transplant as he was suffering from a very rare form of Pancreatic Cancer and this waiting period was termed as “excruciating” by current Apple CEO Tim Cook. According to a biography of Steve Jobs, he even turned down an offer of donation from his successor and long time friend Tim Cook.
“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. It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Together with Donate Life America, we’re excited to deliver this new feature to iPhone users in the US with iOS 10.”
The organ donation feature will only be available on iPhone running iOS 10 in USA. The iOS 10 will be released later this year. Apple has not talked about extending this program to other countries but this is something that we really need in developing countries like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Africa and others.