Apple HealthKit: Everything you need to know about

The Health App was launched on iPhone and Apple watches on 17 September 2014, by Apple Inc. It is an application that is associated with health informatics, which holds information about blood pressure, blood glucose levels, exercise tracking data such as step counts, and more. The app stores four categories of data such as nutrition, activity, mindfulness, and sleep. The profile of users in the Health app is called the “Medical ID”.

Health app lacked certain features when released with iOS 8. They mainly include incompatibility with third-party apps, poor app performance, improper health information explanation, and more. Later, they were rectified by a software update. The app was made to improve its performance by providing upgrades in the upcoming years. They are,

To learn more about the recent updates on the Apple Health app kindly visit, iOS 13 which brings new features to Apple Health App.

Apple HealthKit

Apple HealthKit is an integrated healthcare API introduced in iOS SDK. The API is used by the software builders to develop apps that can coordinate with the health and fitness apps on iPhones and Apple watches. Its logo consists of a white-colored icon with a heart in its center. It enables the users to store data related to the medical, healthcare, and well-being of an individual on the iPhones and allows him/her to access it. It stores the users’ information such as blood pressure level, sleep level, body weight, glucose level, and more. It helps diagnose a user’s level of health and also assists in providing transparent communication between doctors and patients. With the permission of a user, apps on the iPhone communicate with it and access the user’s data while maintaining the security and privacy of the user’s sensitive information. With this app, you can select the task in which you are interested in doing. For example, you can select weight-tracking, pressure level checking, or step-counting from a bunch of tasks available on that app and start doing them. Since the app exchanges your data with your permission, you can easily customize the tasks according to your needs.

Benefits

The Health app makes it easier to keep everything about your health and fitness organized and can be accessed from one place. As it can integrate with the other fitness and healthcare apps, you can view your progress easily. The Healthkit app integrates with other fitness and healthcare apps such as beddit, breathometer, heartbeats, and more. There are so many benefits of using this Health App, both on a long-term basis and in your daily life. Some of them are,

HealthKit shares its data also with the fertility tracking apps such as Clue and Ovia.

Apple HealthKit works with numerous hospitals in the USA to improve the proper monitoring of patients’ records. Besides these, it integrates with multiple third-party health apps allowing users to get in touch with their health status. Some of them are,

Design

To know more about the HealthKit’s Design, please visit HealthKit – Human Interface Guidelines – Apple Developer.

Apple’s Ecosystem

Apple lets its users store and track their information in one platform and conveniently access them. For this purpose, it has three products- Healthkit, Researchkit, and Carekit. These three apps form an ecosystem to work with various types of data.

HealthKit DataTypes

HealthKit provides developers variety of data types which is identified by the HKObjectType subclasses. For a simpler understanding of data, they have been divided into vitamins, vital signs, body measurements, minerals, and hydration.  The different data types are:

HKSeriesType Includes a series of data (for example, data of heartbeat series)

Privacy is a key

Apple aims to provide constant monitoring of the users’ health information via Apple devices in new ways and to connect directly to the EHRs. The app lets you access all your data from a single device. Your information is restricted under Apple’s privacy policy and is encrypted during their storage on iCloud. It is always recommended to review the policies before letting the apps access your sensitive data. iPhones provide Touch ID and Face ID to the users to ensure safe data transfer between the devices.

Future of the Fitness Apps

These fitness apps created a revolution in fitness and healthcare digitally. They eliminate the need for an individual to approach the hospital to give samples to identify their blood sugar levels, pressure levels and to wait for a long time to receive reports in this rapidly moving world.

These apps provide an accurate calculation of data that enables the reduction of risks related to health and life. These apps also provide benefits for the developers as they collect an enormous amount of data which can boost the functionality of future apps.

We nowadays use gadgets for most of our activities. We use them for social media, listening to music, and more. However using gadgets for our benefits, to improve our health, and to keep ourselves fit will be unavoidably compelling to lead a better life.

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Author: Akash Upadhyay

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