With iOS 16 and watchOS 9 this fall, Apple Watch and iPhone will deliver features focused on 17 areas of health and fitness, from heart health to sleep, women’s health, mobility and more. according to the tech giant.
Apple users can now store over 150 different types of health data from Apple Watch, iPhone and connected third-party apps and devices. They may also choose to share certain types of this health data with their loved ones.
These features, available in nearly 200 countries and territories, provide users with high-quality data collected throughout the day and night, the company said.
As the pandemic shows us the importance of being fit and healthy, Apple is creating devices and services with “science-based technology” that provides people with even more information and acts as a intelligent guardian of their health, “so that they are no longer passengers on their own health journey,” according to Jeff Williams, chief operating officer at Apple.
The company feels drawn to this work not just because of the opportunity to help advance human health, but “because we are driven by our principles to dedicate talent, resources and expertise where we can do the most good”.
“We passionately believe that technology can play a role in improving health outcomes and encouraging people to have a healthier day,” he said in a recent Apple Health report.
The Cupertino-based company said its application programming interfaces (APIs) enable third-party developers to create new solutions that promote healthy lifestyles and healthcare innovation.
“There are now tens of thousands of apps on the App Store that use our HealthKit API, so they can incorporate the data users choose to share from the Health app to deliver health experiences. and fitness, with rigorous privacy and data security protocols,” according to the report.
With users’ permission, these apps may also provide data to the Health app.
Apple recently collaborated with Stanford University in the United States to build the Apple Heart Study, a first of its kind in the medical community and the largest virtual cardiac clinical study of its time.
“This paved the way for Apple to work with some of the world’s leading institutions to build three groundbreaking research studies to advance science in women’s health, hearing health, heart health, and more,” says The report.
Healthcare organizations use Apple devices, APIs and frameworks to strengthen the relationship between doctors and patients with meaningful data and enable care from anywhere.
According to the report, health organizations and insurance companies around the world have collaborated with Apple to integrate Apple Watch into their wellness programs to promote healthier behaviors and improve individual health on a large scale.
“Our work primarily falls into two categories: personal health and fitness features on Apple Watch and iPhone, and the work we do with the medical community to support research and care,” Williams said.
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