Apple's rumored iOS 8 Healthbook application to track fitness, bloodwork, and more

Apple's rumored Healthbook application to track fitness, bloodwork, and more

New details have emerged about Apple's rumored Healthbook application, reportedly coming in iOS 8. The application is supposed to track several points of health and fitness data and utilizes a card-based interface similar to Passbook, with a card for each health category. Healthbook is said to be able to track your activity, weight, and nutrition, as well as monitor your blood, watching blood sugar levels, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. One thing that isn't clear just yet is how Healthbook would receive all of this data, though there are indications that data could come through the supposed iWatch, according to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac:

Hires, patents, and other evidence have indicated that Apple has long been working on a wearable computer with fitness and health-tracking functionality. Specifically, Apple has hired several engineers with specific experience in designing, building, and shipping medical sensors. The majority of the medical hardware-related hires focus on tracking blood sugar levels and scanning veins. Notable hires include executives and scientists from Senseonics, C8 MediSensors, Sano Intelligence, and Vital Connect.

Be sure to check out the rest of the article, then come back and tell us — would you use Healthbook to track your health and fitness? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Apple's rumored iOS 8 Healthbook application to track fitness, bloodwork, and more


I love how the phone vendors borrow from each other. It sucks to be stuck with a certain phone because you enjoy a feature on that phone, but another phone has some other features you want.

I'm really looking forward to this. If this is true the industry cant say apple doesn't innovate.

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Just exactly what is apple doing that is not readily available right now?

Apple is being apple. Taking a segment of an industry that is all over the place and unifying it with apple gloss.

How could you reasonably give credit to apple for "innovating" when i don't see anything new.

There has never been a piece of wearable tech that can do all this. That's innovation in my book.

There is a piece of wearable tech coming our from apple that does your blood work? Is that a fact?

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There are no facts about the product yet as it hasn't been officially announced. This is going off the leaks, speculation and images like those in this article.

The app functionality aside, the design hurts my eyes seriously. All those saturated colors and abundance of information. This is some seriously troubled design. I hope this doesn't ship in his form.

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Being a diabetic I'm looking forward to the day when a wearable can read blood sugar levels without the blood draw.
I'd definitely use it if they can come up with a design to do as advertised (or rumored at this point).

Since I workout and think about what I eat/drink, nutrition etc this sound to be REALLY interesting. If it works fine that is. Hope so! I wonder if it will be applied to iWatch only or even iPhone 6 considering iOS 8..

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I really want something like this, but there is no way that this is an Apple approved app GUI… It is just not streamlined enough to be an "Apple" app.
I cannot wait to see what Apple does release with iOS 8!

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Google gets bashed for privacy issues with Google Now, but it's innovation when something Apple might produce monitors and potentially stores history about your BLOOD.

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As a Type 1 Diabetic having to live with clunky blood monitoring devices, I would love to see Apple conquer this space.

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I'm interested in being able to export the data directly into an EHR at the doctor's office as discrete data (rather than just a text summary.) Tracking it on the phone is nice, but if the data is restricted to the device this really doesn't do much for patient care.