Health

How the iPhone is helping Federico Viticci live a healthier life after cancer

The iPhone as personal digital lifestyle assistant.

In 2011 Federico Viticci was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (Stage IV). He beat the cancer, all the while continuing to edit and write for his phenomenal website, MacStories.net, but it took a profound toll on his life and his health. Now Ticci wants to live not only well but better, and he's using his iPhone to help him do it.

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How would you change Apple's Health app?

Apple's Health app for iPhone debuted with iOS 8. Health provides a central place for all your medical, fitness, nutrition, sleep, and related information.

Categories include Diagnostics, Fitness, Lab Results, Me, Medication, Nutrition, Sleep, and Vital Signs. Data is presented in both graphs — which can be added to the dashboard view — and in separate sub-catagories. Once the information is collected, you can either keep it just for yourself, or you can choose to send it to other apps, or even share it with your medical professional via Apple's HealthKit framework. There's even a medical ID feature to help responders to find out vital information in case of emergency.

Privacy is a huge emphasis for Health, and you can control not only the data you collect, and not only which apps can access that data, but which apps can read it and which apps can write it. And if you don't give permission, an app — and any insurance or health organization behind it — doesn't even know it's there.

That's what Health is, but what do you want Health to be?

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Apple Watch to ship with all previously announced health features

Mainstream reporting on Apple is often sensational and superficial. Once and a while it's also stupefying. That's the case with this story about the Apple Watch, where it seems details of Apple testing various different health sensors during the normal course of their product development cycle somehow got warped and twisted into something profoundly stupid.

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The inimitable value of Apple Pay and what comes next

Apple Pay brought together everything from Passbook to Touch ID to launch Apple into the mobile transaction business. It was the company's first major new product category since the iPad and its been expanding steadily in the U.S. since October. As a service, Apple Pay is compelling enough that Android owners should consider switching to iPhone. It offers better security, efficiency, and experience for everyone along the chain, from banks to retailers to customers. And it could also be the first of those kinds of services "only Apple" is positioned to provide.

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FTC reportedly wants privacy guarantee for collected Health app data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly asked Apple to protect sensitive health data collected in the company's Health app on iPhones. According to reports, the FTC wants assurances that Apple won't share health data without the consent of owners.

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Nike+ Running update adds elevation tracking, Health app integration

Nike has updated its Nike+ Running app with more features to help you better track your runs. The app, now in version 4.6, adds elevation tracking, Health app integration, an updated home screen experience, and enhanced heart rate support for Wahoo's Tickr products. The app is also optimized for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Carrot Fit's quips whip you into shape with iOS 8's Health integration

Carrot Fit is one of the latest fitness trackers that integrates with iOS 8.0.2 and Apple's HealthKit. Carrot is an unorthodox fitness coach that has its own humor-injected artificial intelligence that tries to motivate you with hilarious phrases to help you achieve your own fitness goals. Through inspiration, threats, ridicule, and bribery, nothing appears to be off limits as Carrot tries to get you more active.

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Apple's HealthKit program is now being tested at two US university hospitals

We are starting to get a better look at how Apple's HealthKit will work thanks to a couple of trials being run at two U.S. hospitals. The trials are meant to improve the accuracy and speed at which HealthKit records data.

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Health in iOS 8: Explained

Health is the name for a new, built-in Apple app coming with iOS 8. It serves as both a repository for all the health-related data accumulated by your iPhone, your apps, and your accessories, and a dashboard to help you make better, more visual sense of it — a front-end for your quantified life. To facilitate all this, Apple is providing the HealthKit framework to developers and manufacturers. But how does it all work?

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NSFW: Apple, iOS 8 Health, and the Gordian Knot of healthcare bureaucracy

This year I've spent a lot of time in doctor's offices and I see what a giant mess the electronic health records (EHR) industry really is. And I don't think Apple's going to solve the problems facing the American healthcare industry. Apple's telling us that iOS 8's Health feature will give us a way of sharing important diagnostic information with our doctors. But it's predicated on a huge assumption: That our medical providers are affiliated with an institution that's willing to buy in to this particular data stream.

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