The Apple Health app features a lot of information and can be confusing for the average user. It integrates with other apps to give you a comprehensive summary of your health in one place. When used between your iPhone and Apple Watch, it can be a useful tool in maintaining your optimal well-being.
Here’s how you can navigate Apple Health a little better.
When you start using the Health app, you’ll need to set up a profile. The application will need basic information, such as name, date of birth and gender. You can change these settings at any time in Health Details by clicking on the picture of your Apple ID in the top right.
Health details include blood type, skin type, and medications that affect heart rate. Here, you can also include whether or not you use a wheelchair. If you choose Yes, the iPhone and Apple Watch will not count the steps, they will count the payments.
Your profile includes not only your health details, but your medical ID. Your medical ID contains your name, age, allergies, medications, weight, height, and emergency contacts, so medical authorities can see them in the event of a health emergency. They can be shared during emergency calls and on the iPhone lock screen. The Health app allows you to register to become an organ donor directly from your profile.
Pro tip: You can also export your health data from your profile if needed. This data can be backed up and saved to iCloud.
Integrate Apple Health with other apps
You can add other apps to the Health app like watch, cycle tracking, fitness, Siri, sleep, and more. There are also third-party apps that you can integrate into your Health app. Ten Percent Happier and WaterMinder are a great couple that I highly recommend checking out. It will sync beautifully on both iPhone and Apple Watch.
View your health data
The main screen of the app contains a summary of your health information. You can make certain topics appear right at the top. Within the summary, you can view your activity, trends in your health, environmental sound levels, and more. While I won’t go into the specifics of everythingIt’s important to have an idea of what’s out there.
Activity is a common feature of the Health app. Here you can check your Activity rings that indicate how many calories you burned, how many minutes you exercised, and how many minutes you stood in a day. The combination of Activity Rings and Apple Fitness+ makes the most of this feature.
Health Trends notifies you when there is a change in certain health topics such as heart rate or minutes of exercise. We’ve heard stories in the past about how this feature helped notify people of drastic health changes that led them to seek life-saving medical help.
There is also an option to participate in research studies. For example, Apple recently conducted a research study on women’s health using the Cycle Tracking app.
The Browse tab takes a more deep dive into certain health categories. Here you can search nutrition, alertness, respiratory, vitals, and more. Each category allows you to enter specific details to provide additional insights into your health. You can view trends over time and learn about the topic as well. The app offers personalized articles for each topic as well as recommended third-party apps for use in tracking relevant data.
Share your data safely with others
You can share your data with someone on the Share tab. It’s a safe and private way to provide a summary of every topic you share, not specific details. The information is encrypted, and you can stop sharing at any time.
The app allows you to share this information with your doctor. It also allows you to connect to your health system portal. Simply, log in with your health system information. It is not only private to your device but to your doctor as well. When you connect, your records will be downloaded so you can see what information your doctor is working on.
Do you use the Health app?
While the app has an abundance of features, some parts will not be available to everyone. I recommend doing some research throughout the app to see what works specifically for you.
Do you have any tips and tricks to share? What would you like to add to the platform in the future?
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¹Don’t forget that when you purchase a new Apple Watch, you will get a free three-month subscription to Apple Fitness +. The service gives you access to guided workouts, challenges, and more to help you stay in shape.
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