Health

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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Apple reveals to FDA it has a moral obligation to enter the wearables market

Apple's conversation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows how medicine, technology, and regulation could work together to help users and doctors monitor patient health in a world of connected sensors. As healthcare becomes more connected with apps and wearable devices gain ground, Apple Toolbox's Freedom of Information Act inquiry yielded some interesting talking points on what Apple and the FDA have been talking about when the two sides met on December 13th.

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Withings Bluetooth-equipped Blood Pressure Monitor now available

Looking to stay healthy using your iPhone? Then you might want to check out this new wireless blood pressure monitor from Withings. This is a new version of a previous award-winning blood pressure monitor made by the company. Dropping the need for a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter is probably the biggest change for you. Now it works wirelessly over your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled iPhone.

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Fund This: Tao WellShell connected exercise device

The Tao WellShell is a simple Bluetooth-connected gadget that hit Kickstarter recently which detects how hard it’s being compressed. Based on exercise regimens displayed on your iPhone and iPad through their app, you can get in simple, effective reps just about anywhere. A lot of these exercises involve squeezing the WellShell between your hands, but there are many where you can squeeze it between your knees as well.

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iOS 8 codenamed Okemo, may include HealthBook, focus on fitness, tie iPhone 6 to iWatch

iOS 8, which should be shown off this summer and ship later this fall, is codenamed Okemo, and one of the tentpole features could be HealthBook, a new app that will monitor your fitness activity and health information from the iPhone 6 and iWatch as centrally and easily as Passbook currently collects your tickets and cards. Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac:

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Apple meeting with US FDA to discuss mobile health technologies

The next area Apple plans on revolutionizing is health. Following on their text book and education initiative, they're pushing deep into medical sensors, and looking to bring their unique brand of accessible mainstream problem solving to something that can really change lives. Given that, it should come as no surprise that Apple has been meeting with the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss mobile medical apps. Nick Bilton and Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

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Bluetooth-enabled H20-Pal makes sure you get enough water each day at #CESlive

Okay, so H20-Pal isn’t exactly a Bluetooth-enabled water bottle per se. This simple but smart little gadget we found at CES 2014 is actually a small wireless scale that attaches to the bottom of your favorite existing water bottle, and based on the weight, determines how much water (or, in theory, any other liquid) you’ve been drinking. This information is shot over periodically to your smartphone, which will buzz you if you haven’t had enough water in a day.

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Jawbone UP health monitoring bracelet and iOS app available again

Jawbone just launched a (sort of) new bracelet accessory called UP that plugs into your iPhone's 3.5mm jack to document exercise and sleep habits.

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Get fuzzy with iMore and the Movember iPhone app

November is here, and that means dudes the world over are growing out mustaches in the name of men's health. The Movember app for iPhone lets users keep track of their pledges, post updates on their mustache's progress, and pester friends on various social networks for donations.

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