Health (application)

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Health iOS 8 icon.png
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Preview release All models: iOS 8.0 (12A365) / September 17, 2014; 2 days ago (2014-09-17)
Operating system iOS 8
Type Health informatics, Physical fitness
License Proprietary
Website Health

Health is an application for iOS 8 announced by Apple inc. at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014.

The application is intended to be a personal and central data collection point, for connected third-party electronic accessories and wearable technology, that can directly monitor and analyse an individual's biochemistry and physiology for medical and general fitness purposes.[1]

It displays a dashboard of all the fitness and health data of the user, including the heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol etc. Users can create, from within the application or from the lock screen, an emergency card with medicinal details and emergency contacts.[1]

Although the application is available in iOS 8, it is currently only available on iPhone and iPod Touch but not on iPad.


HealthKit API

HealthKit is the accompanying developer application programming interface (API) included in the iOS SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Mac. It is used by software developers to design applications that have extensibility and that can interact with the Health application on iOS.

The API allows other applications with the user's permission, to access health data. For example, a blood pressure application would share information with a doctor, or a nutrition application could inform a fitness application, how many calories a user consumes each day.

A number of industry players have already announced their support for HealthKit, including EPIC, Mayo Clinic, Jawbone UP, RunKeeper

Because of some issues with the HealthKit, Apple forced HealthKit-compatible apps to be completely removed from the App Store. The bug that caused HealthKit to be held back is expected to be resolved by the end of September 2014.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Apple - iOS 8 - Health". Apple Inc. June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Zac Hall (2014-09-17). "Apple seemingly removing HealthKit compatible iOS 8 apps from App Store due to issues (U: Apple statement)". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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