Health (application)

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Health
Health iOS 8 icon.png
Health Dashboard.png
Health app running on an iPhone 6
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Initial release September 17, 2014; 8 months ago (2014-09-17)
Stable release iOS 8.3 (12F69/12F70) / April 8, 2015; 48 days ago (2015-04-08)
Operating system iOS
Type Health informatics, Physical fitness
License Proprietary
Website www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/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 pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and other similar functions. Users can also use the Health app to create a Medical ID, an emergency card with important medical details and emergency details. The Medical ID is accessible from within the Health app or from the lock screen [1]

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

HealthKit[edit]

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 companies have already announced their support for HealthKit, including EPIC, Mayo Clinic, Medopad, Jawbone UP, and RunKeeper.

2014 Launch[edit]

Shortly after the release of iOS 8 on 17 September 2014, Apple forced HealthKit-compatible apps to be completely removed from the App Store because of some issues. Apple fixed a bug affecting Healthkit, with the release of iOS 8.0.2 on 26 September 2014.[2] Since the release of iOS 8.0.2 an increasing number of apps with support for HealthKit have become available on the App Store.[citation needed]

Compatible Hardware[edit]

The following hardware is HealthKit enabled:

Apple

Beddit

  • Beddit Sleep Tracker

Garmin

  • Garmin VivoSmart

Fitbit

  • Fitbit (if used with Wristband Manager App)

Jawbone

  • Jawbone UP

Qardio

Withings

  • Withings Scale
  • Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Withings Pulse Ox
  • Withings Aura (Sleep Tracker)

iHealth

  • iHealth Scale
  • iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor
  • iHealth Oximeter
  • iHealth Activity Tracker

Compatible iPhone Applications[edit]

The following apps are HealthKit enabled:

Application Writes data to Health Reads data from Health Devices Compatible
7 Minute Workout Active Calories Weight  ?
Argus ?  ?  ?
Beddit ?  ? Beddit Sleep Tracker
Centered ?  ?  ?
Carrot Fit ?  ?  ?
Clue Period Tracker ?  ?  ?
Daily Burn ?  ?  ?
Digifit Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Sleep Analysis, Systolic Blood Pressure, Walking + Running Distance, Weight Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Sleep Analysis, Systolic Blood Pressure, Walking + Running Distance, Weight BodyMedia, Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit Shine, Withings
Endomondo Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Walking + Running Distance none Polar Heart Rate Strap
Fitness Builder ?  ?  ?
Fitness Point ?  ?  ?
Fitnet Personal ?  ?  ?
FitPort Active Calories, Body Fat Percentage, Cycling Distance, Dietary Calories, Flights Climbed, Height, Steps, Walking + Running Distance, Weight Active Calories, Body Fat Percentage, Cycling Distance, Dietary Calories, Flights Climbed, Height, Steps, Walking + Running Distance, Weight none
FitStar Personal Trainer ?  ?  ?
Fjuul Active Calories, Resting Calories, Steps none none
Foodzy ?  ?  ?
Golfshot ?  ?  ?
Garmin Connect ?  ?  ?
Health Data Display none Active Calories, Biotin, Blood Alcohol Content, Blood Pressure Diastolic, Blood Pressure Systolic, Body Fat Percent, Body Mass Index, Body Temperature, Caffeine, Calcium, Carbohydrates, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Cycling Distance, Dietary Calories, Dietary Cholesterol, Electrodermal Activity, Fiber, Flights Climbed, Folate, Forced Expiratory Volume, Forced Vital Capacity, Heart Rate, Height, Inhaler Usage, Iodine, Iron, Lean Body Mass, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Monounsaturated Fat, Niacin, NikeFuel, Number of Times Fallen, Oxygen Saturation, Pantothenic Acid, Peak Expiratory Flow Rate, Peripheral Perfusion Index, Phosphorus, Polyunsaturated Fat, Potassium, Protein, Respiratory Rate, Resting Calories, Riboflavin, Saturated Fat, Selenium, Sleep Analysis Asleep, Sleep Analysis In Bed, Sodium, Steps, Sugar, Thiamin, Total Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Walking + Running Distance, Weight, Zinc none
Health Mate by Withings Active Calories, Resting Calories, Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index (BMI), Diastolic Blood Pressure, Systolic Blood Pressure, Walking + Running Distance, Heart Rate, Height, Oxygen Saturation (SpO2), Sleep Analysis, Steps, Weight none Withings Scale, Blood Pressure Monitor, Step Tracker, Sleep Tracker
Health Importer Active Calories, Blood Alcohol Content, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure Diastolic, Blood Pressure Systolic, Body Fat Percentage, Body Mass Index, Body Temperature, Cycling Distance, Electrodermal Activity, Flights / Steps Climbed, Forced Expiratory Volume, Forced Vital Capacity, Heart Rate, Height, Inhaler Usage, Lean Body Mass, NikeFuel, Number of Times Fallen, Oxygen Saturation, Peak Expiratory Flow Rate, Peripheral Perfusion Index, Respiratory Rate, Resting Calories, Steps, Walking + Running Distance, Weight none Imports data from CSV files (exported from other non-HealthKit enabled apps or spreadsheets) into HeathKit / Health App
Health Note  ? ?  ?
Human Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Walking + Running Distance, Workouts Date of Birth, Weight  ?
iHealth Active Calories, Body Fat Percentage, BMI, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Height, Lean Body Mass, Oxygen Saturation, Peripheral Perfusion Index, Sleep Analysis, Steps, Systolic Blood Pressure, Walking + Running Distance, Weight, Workouts Body Fat Percentage, BMI, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Height, Lean Body Mass, Oxygen Saturation, Peripheral Perfusion Index, Systolic Blood Pressure, Weight iHealth Scale, Blood Pressure Monitor, Step Tracker, Oximeter
Inhaler  ?  ?  ?
Instant Heart Rate Heart Rate  ?  ?
Lark Active Calories, Sleep Analysis, Walking + Running Distance, Workouts Biological Sex, Date of Birth, Dietary Calories, Height, Sleep Analysis, Steps, Weight, Workouts none
Lifesum  ? ?  ?
Mapmyrun Active Calories ? Polar Heart Rate Strap
Metronm Music Activity Tracker Active Calories Weight, Height device straps
MotionX 24/7  ? ?  ?
MyFitnessPal Calcium, Carbohydrates, Dietary Calories, Dietary Cholesterol, Fiber, Iron, Monounsaturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Potassium, Protein, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugar, Total Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Weight Blood Glucose, Calcium, Carbohydrates, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Dietary Calories, Dietary Cholesterol, Fiber, Iron, Monounsaturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Potassium, Protein, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugar, Systolic Blood Pressure, Total Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Weight, Workouts  ?
My Macros+ Diet  ? ?  ?
MyNet Diary  ? ?  ?
Noom Coach ? ?  ?
Nike+ Running NikeFuel, Workouts Heart Rate  ?
Omvana  ? Date of Birth, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Systolic Blood Pressure,  ?
Panera Bread ? ?  ?
Pear Training ? ?  ?
Personal Diet by Nutrino ? ?  ?
Pocket Yoga ? ?  ?
Pulse Oximeter Heart Rate, Oxygen Saturation none none
Qardio Health and Blood Pressure Monitor Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart rate Biological sex, Date of birth, Systolic Blood Pressure, Diastolic Blood Pressure, Heart rate, Height, Weight Qardio Blood Pressure Monitor
Runkeeper Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Height, Walking + Running Distance, Weight, Workouts Active Calories, Biological Sex, Cycling Distance, Date of Birth, Height, Walking + Running Distance, Weight, Workouts  ?
Runmeter GPS Active Calories, Heart Rate, Steps, Walking + Running Distance, Workouts Weight Polar Heart Rate Strap
Runtastic ? ? Polar Heart Rate Strap
Sleep Cycle  ? ?  ?
Sleepio  ? ?  ?
Sleepmeister Sleep Analysis Sleep Analysis  ?
Speedo Fit  ? ?  ?
Spring  ? ?  ?
Strava Active Calories, Cycling Distance, Walking + Running Distance, Workouts Biological Sex, Date of Birth, Weight Polar Heart Rate Strap
Sworkit Personal Trainer Active Calories Weight (optional) none
Tasks and Measures  ? ?  ?
UnderArmour39 app none none none
UnderArmour39 Chest Strap HR is import into chart, HR is display in realtime in health app none Under Armour Chest Strap (via direct ios bluetooth)
UP Sleep Analysis Sleep Analysis, Steps UP Step Tracker
Weight Loss Tracker  ? ?  ?
Weight Watchers Mobile  ? ?  ?
WebMD  ? ?  ?
Wristband Manager Active Calories, Steps, Walking + Running Distance, Weight Active Calories, Steps, Walking + Running Distance, Weight UP Step Tracker, Fitbit Step Tracker
Yummly  ? ?  ?
Zova  ? ?  ?

Reception[edit]

Initially, Health was criticized for its lack of compatible third-party applications (at launch), glucose tracking, proper health data explanations, and sluggish app performance.[3][4] Eventually, Apple fixed these issues with a software update.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Apple - iOS 8 - Health". Apple Inc. June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mike Beasley (2014-09-26). "Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 to address cellular and Touch ID issues in previous update". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  3. ^ Hall, Zac (September 17, 2014). "Apple seemingly removing HealthKit compatible iOS 8 apps from App Store due to issues". 9to5Mac. 
  4. ^ Hall, Zac (December 18, 2014). "iOS 8.2 brings back blood glucose tracking, explains Health data". 9to5Mac. 
  5. ^ Viticci, Federico (March 16, 2015). "iOS 8.2 and Health Follow-Up". 9to5Mac. 

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