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The Future of Mobile Health Tracking: Apple Health Reviewed

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Apple Health is making a statement in the fitness tech space. But what is Apple Health exactly? A fitness tracker, a medical information card or both?

The Apple Health app was one of the more antipiated iOS updates of 2014. It is available on iOS 8, iphone 6 and 6 Plus, and was released in 2014. The stylish interface and customizable platforms are certainly eye catching, but the functionality of the app is what will leave you glued to your iphone. Let's dig in to some of those features:

Fitness Tracking

A self-proclaimed personal tracker, Apple Health automatically records steps, walking/running distance, stairs climbed and displays this data on the dashboard of your app. The day, week, month and year tabs show  progress over time and can even provide the exact time and date the data was recorded. Apple Health integrates with many other fitness apps, enabling you to add your fitness information from other sources, like weight, blood pressure or calories consumed.

Health Data Recorder

The Health Data section enables you to record everything from your caffine or carbohydrate intake to your blood glucose levels or inhaler usage. The app organizes this information into sections concerning sleeping patterns, vitals, medical information and vitamin intake.

Unfortunately, the sleep analysis section does not automatically record information. You will need to manually record the hours you sleep or change your settings to integrate sleeping patterns from another tracking app.

The Vitals, Results and Nutrition tabs function similarly to Sleep Analysis. While these tabs provide a template for information, they do not record the data themselves. One example is the Calcium section in the Nutrition tab. The app shows your calcium intake over the course of a day, week, month and year. To utilize this data you have to manually record your intake or connect it with another app.

Medical ID

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Medical ID is the last section of the Apple Health app. The template stores information on blood type, medications, organ donor information, allergies, medical conditions and other details that can be important in an emergency.

Your Medical ID card can be accessed from the emergency dialer without unlocking your phone. This function was created for emergency situations, so whoever finds your phone can tap medical ID and be able to use the data you stored. If you do not want your phone to display your medical information, this information can be hidden.

How to Utilize Apple Health in Your Health Club

Apple Health is a great platform for integrating multiple fitness applications. Consider using the data stored in Apple Health to set fitness goals and track progress on your Club Mobile App. The Club Mobile App amplifies the benefits of Apple Health, while also promoting your club’s brand and services.

 


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