Tracking of health and fitness data is emerging trend in the tech industries. Till this date, smartphones and tablets used to handle your finances, shopping, and communications, but now these devices are getting capable of handling your health. Top notch processors and a variety of sensors are allowing phone makers to record health data of the user. Apple has managed to achieve a breakthrough in the form of its fitness app. iPhone health app takes the concept of internet of things on next level. The new iOS 9 update brought the better version of apple health app. Connected devices such as iPod, iPad and Apple watch will help you to create comprehensive health report.
Though Samsung and LG have launched similar apps for its android users, Apple’s move has generated curiosity due to its tradition of delivering groundbreaking products. The Apple health app makers have assured that it has unlimited potential for the health industry. The simple user interface and centralized storage of health data are going to benefit millions of users and their doctors. The M8 coprocessor in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is responsible for collecting the health data here. The factors such as elevation, walking and running are taken into account here. The iPhone health app also informs you about how many steps you have taken and how much rest you need.
What’s New In iOS 9 Health App?
You can get most out of iOS 9 Version of Apple health app as it is integrated with the Apple Watch. The software has been optimized for wearable devices. The company has made significant changes to the HealthKit API. The user interface of the app is as simple as other apps made by Apple. The app has the ability to track body temperature, height, distance, and weight. It can also detect crucial factors such as blood glucose too. Customized workout sessions can be added to the system through third party apps and visualization features. Apple assigns Medical ID to each user, and you can also add a photo for your record. Even though there is not so much difference in iOS 8 and iOS 9 health app features, but still a big leap for the future versions.
- Your diet information can be tracked using this app.
- Intake of minerals and vitamins can be fixed in units.
- The app compiles all the data and presents it to you in the form of interactive graphics.
- You can turn off the location tracking for privacy issues too.
- Even data from third party apps should be collected here. Sleep monitors, run tracking and body scale apps can also deposit their data here.
- The active calories card tells you about how many calories you have burned. A tap on the card will show you how many calories you need to burn to achieve the daily
Also, the new Reproductive Health category, focusing on women’s health,
- Basal Body Temperature
- Cervical Mucus Quality
- Ovulation Test Result
- Sexual Activity
The experts said that the full potential of the app could be exploited in the next versions. The basic idea behind the health app was to create centralized data vault for all health statistics. The app basically keeps you informed about how other apps are using health related sensors in the device. The user experience on the app remains average, but the developers have promised to create a sophisticated experience with new upgrades. Following are some things you can do with the new app.
How to Use Apple Health App in iOS 9
1. Dashboard Setup
The home screen of the Health app displays various types of data through dashboard format. The app presents it in graphical format. The time frame for this app can be changed for months, weeks and day as well. You have to option to show data in the metric or imperial system. Getting comprehensive view of health activities is possible due to this. To get more cards on the home screen, tap on ‘Health data’ button on the home screen. You can now select the type of data you want to detect. You can also go for specific metric you want to know about particular data. For example, if you have selected sleep, you can further go for ‘Sleep analysis’ which predicts the amount of sleep you need. You can simply push on OFF button to remove the particular card from the dashboard.
2. Organizing Your Health Data In One Place
The HealthKit by Apple allows the user to feed data manually and automatically. If the wireless body scale device supports HealthKit, then the device can automatically transfer the health data to iCloud. In order to add third party device or app as a source, you have to tap on the dashboard and add metric such as weight or height. Click on ‘Add Data Point’ and add a new data source. Now the new device will keep sharing your weight data every day.
3. Getting your own Medical ID
The Medical ID given by Apple is a digital version of confidential medical reports. In the case of emergency, doctors can access this data by tapping on emergency button and your medical ID is given by Apple. Apart from age, sex, weight, height and name, you can feed emergency contacts, history past diseases, allergies and reactions.
This feature has potential to save your life. To get medical ID, tap on the button which says same. You can select your emergency contacts here along with other preliminary information. The comprehensive form has everything from organ donor status, blood group to the history of chronic diseases. The ‘Show when locked’ option allows other to access this information without unlocking your iPhone.
4. Managing Data Sources
Managing data on the health app is important because sometimes various apps tend to send same data. The data compiler may get confused due to multiple numbers. A single tap on the sources button will give you a complete list of the apps giving health data. A longer tap will show more information about types of health data given by particular app. You can customize whether to allow the app to write data or read data. These combinations will allow you to impose restrictions on data sources.
The Apple’s healthkit is going to revolutionize how the health industry saved digital data now. Doctors can now understand the activities of their patients in better way now. This will also help them to get more information about their patients. Diagnosis and prevention of the medical conditions will be easier due to this.
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