Earlier this year, Tim Cook said health and fitness could be Apple’s “biggest contribution” to the world. If the Apple Watch doesn’t prove that concept, the revamped Apple Health app will. This fall with the iOS 1
Health sharing gives loved ones and doctors insight
The biggest change for Apple Health is a new Health Sharing feature. A new Share tab allows you to privately share your health data with friends, family, carers or doctors. For example, someone recovering from a back injury can share their mobility data with a physical therapist.
Those who receive health data will see key trends highlighted. Sleep or resting heart rate data from an Apple Watch can provide insights into someone’s recovery, or help people catch the early warning signs of illness in an elderly relative.
Apple says Health Sharing is available at select healthcare facilities. Participating physicians and caregivers can enter shared data from patients’ Apple Health app into the electronic health record.
Health users can limit the health data people see in Health Share. Those on the receiving end of health data can limit alerts for certain events, such as an irregular heart rhythm.
Trends make health trendy
The iOS 15 update adds Trends to the Health app, giving users a quick overview of their cardio, sleep, and other stats. These trends are incorporated into Health Sharing and alert you to long-term health changes so you can take control of your health and achieve new goals.
Trends may also use third-party apps to track things like insulin delivery. As healthcare developers integrate their devices with Health, the app should provide greater insight to people and families dealing with strict medication schedules, which some patients may struggle to keep up with.
Stable walking helps break your fall
A new health tool called Walking Steadiness uses information collected by your iPhone to determine your risk of an accidental fall. If your fall risk is high, the Health app will notify you and direct you to tools for building strength and coordination. The app can also help you set stability goals and track your progress with Trends.
An accidental fall can often lead to serious long-term conditions. While it can take a long time for people at risk of falling to regain their strength and balance, at least they can get a warning from Apple Health. They can then use the app’s suggested exercises or talk to a doctor about their balance.