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What's New in iOS 8: Health

What's New in iOS 8: Health

Posted June 14, 2014 at 9:14pm by iClarified
Apple has announced Health, a new app for iOS 8 that gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and fitness data.

There are four tabs in the Health app: 'Dashboard', 'My Health', 'Medical ID', and 'Sources'.

Dashboard offers a quick view of the various health metrics you are tracking in a scrollable widget view. To add a metric you tap the My Health tab and select a category.

Here are the available categories and the metrics you can track:

Diagnostics: Number of Times Fallen, Galvanic Skin Response, Body Heat Flux
Fitness: Body Mass Index, Body Fat Percentage, Height, Body Mass, Lean Body Mass, Distance, Calories, Activity Count, Flights Climbed, Steps, Basal Calories, NikeFuel
Lab Results: Blood Glucose, Blood Alcohol Content, Perfusion Index
Medication: Inhaler Usage
Nutrition: Total Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Sugar, Calories, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Chloride, Potassium
Sleep: Sleep Analysis
Vital Signs: Heart Rate, Oxygen Saturation, Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, Body Temperature, RR Interval

What's New in iOS 8: Health

Tapping on a metric from your Dashboard lets you view recorded data points, add data points, share data with select applications, and choose whether or not to display the widget on the dashboard.

What's New in iOS 8: Health

You can also create an emergency card with important health information — for example, your blood type or allergies — that’s available right from your Lock screen. Tapping 'Create Medical ID' from the Medical ID tab lets you enter your name, medical conditions, medical notes, allergies & reactions, medications, emergency contact, birthdate, blood type, organ donor status, weight, height, and eye color.

What's New in iOS 8: Health

With iOS 8, developers will be able to create apps that can access the health data in Health, if you make it shareable. For example, you can allow the data from your blood pressure app to be automatically shared with your doctor. Or allow your nutrition app to tell your fitness apps how many calories you consume each day. Tapping the 'Sources' tab lets you see which apps have requested permission to update your data; as well as which devices you've allowed data from.

Apple teamed up with the Mayo Clinic to demonstrate how this works. With their integration, when a patient takes a blood pressure reading for example, their app can check if the reading is within their personalized thresholds and automatically notify a doctor if it's not.

What's New in iOS 8: Health

There's a lot of changes in iOS 8. Here's a few of the changes we've posted on already: iCloud Drive,
Family Sharing, Photos, Camera, Mail, Safari, Messages, QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards, Interactive Notifications, and Contact Shortcuts.

We'll be taking a look at even more new features shortly. You can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, or RSS for more.

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Rod Serling
Rod Serling - June 30, 2014 at 7:48pm
You are entering a new dimension. A dimension not of files, and data theft, but of global access to your tissue type overall health, and GPS location. At the next signpost... You are entering The TRANSPLANT-ZONE
Ken - June 15, 2014 at 1:18am
Can just imagine the lawsuits now haha.
AppleGuy299 - June 15, 2014 at 12:29am
John Appleseed was born only two year before the macintosh.
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