Having meaningful conversations with a doctor about daily activities during a visit is a key part of health management, but details can be difficult to remember. With the user’s permission, the Health app can keep track of valuable information, helping to bridge the gap of what a person is going through between clinic appointments. Now, users in the US can choose to share certain types of health data – like heart rate, detected falls, hours of sleep, or minutes of exercise – with their doctor, for more informed conversations. At participating healthcare facilities, a physician can review data from the Apple Health app that a user chooses to share directly into the electronic health records system.
The Health app adds trend analysis for 20 types of data – from heart rate at rest to sleep to cardio fitness – so users can easily see how a given measurement is progressing. A critical part of maintaining personal well-being is keeping up with changes in health, which can be subtle and easy to ignore. For users looking to keep tabs on their data over time, Trends is a new way to intelligently and proactively highlight important changes and present information in an easy-to-understand way.
Users can also keep tabs on their goals, like increasing running distance or mindfulness minutes. For those looking to monitor information in areas such as insulin delivery, trend analysis applies to data from third-party devices connected to the Health app.
With optional notifications, Trends can highlight long-term health changes, so a user can celebrate progress toward a goal or chat with a doctor or healthcare team.