The iOS 15 rollout has focused on secure sharing and new insights by advancing personal health and wellness. This update is gaining traction among esteemed business magazines like Forbes for its ability to improve healthcare outcomes. iPhone and Apple watch users can smoothly share their health-related data with concerned stakeholders, view trends, and measure their walking steadiness. Furthermore, the new tools in iOS 15 can recognize, assess, and understand changes in a person’s health data.
Apple’s newsroom highlighted the COO’s message. “This past year has emphasized the importance of health, and we’re enabling our users to take a more active role in their well-being. We’ve added powerful features that give users the most comprehensive set of insights to better understand their health trends over time,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Many people around the world are caring for someone, and we want to provide a secure and private way for users to have a trusted partner on their health journey. We’re excited to bring these innovative tools directly into users’ hands.”
iOS 15 has made health sharing easier. As users can securely and privately share their health and wellness data, their loved ones and care network get complete visibility which helps them make proactive decisions by staying updated on alerts and changes. The users in the US and doctors can have meaningful and more informed conversations related to health like heart rate, detected falls, sleep hours, or exercise minutes. The health app can keep track of valuable information with user permission to help them maintain a check on everyday activities. Physicians can check the data of the Apple health app that users share in the EHR system.
It will enable the users to keep up with the trends as the Health App adds trend analysis for around 20 types of data. It acts as a catalyst to personal wellness by making tracking health changes easier like never before. Trends can help users become proactive to understand critical changes in health and understand it intelligently. Along with optional notifications, the users can keep tabs, highlight long-term changes, and monitor insights to further discuss with the caregivers.
If we talk about walking steadiness, users can capture daily movements and take necessary actions to reduce their risk of falling. It can also send alerts to the users about possible fall risk, help them realize stability goals, and choose to opt for notifications when the score is Low or Very Low, which can help them take necessary actions to improve strength and balance. It will provide insights into fall risk by fetching critical mobility data as users generally walk with their iPhones. iOS 15 allows the users to store medical records of immunizations and test results in the health app.
Apple has also simplified additional health and wellness updates like enhanced labs experience and mindfulness app in watchOS 8. Lastly, privacy is at the forefront across Apple’s products. The tech behemoth has made sure the data is encrypted when in transit and at rest. It does not have access to the health information that a user chooses to share with a loved one or caregiver.
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