Apple Announces Apple Health Records to be Available for Veterans

Apple Health for Veterans

Apple has announced a major benefits for United States veterans. After working with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Cupertino tech giant has announced that Apple Health Records on iPhone will be available to veterans. This means that for the first time, veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration can securely view … Read moreApple Announces Apple Health Records to be Available for Veterans

Apple Hires Obstetrician to Bolster Apple Health Efforts in Women’s Health

Apple Health

Apple continues to bolster the staff around Apple Health with their latest hire. Obstetrician Dr. Christine Curry has recently joined the team as Apple continues to focus efforts around Women’s health. Dr. Curry comes to Apple from Kaiser Permanente in California and will be joining the team that works in the company’s AC Wellness clinics. … Read moreApple Hires Obstetrician to Bolster Apple Health Efforts in Women’s Health

LabCorp Enables Health Records Integration on iPhone

Apple Health on iPhone

LabCorp, one of the leading medical science companies in the US, has announced that they now fully support Health Records in the Health app on the iPhone.  The integration requires that patients have a LabCorp account and give permission for the LabCorp Patient app to write information to the Health app.

LabCorp test results are viewable in the Apple® Health app for LabCorp patients who have a LabCorp Patient™ account and enable integration with the Health Records app. In addition to their LabCorp test results, patients will have information from participating healthcare institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, medical conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. Patients will receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

If you have ever had any blood or other lab work done by your doctor or hospital, it is highly likely that you have had work from LabCorp done.  Now, instead of having to go to their site or depend on your doctor to provide you the results, you can get them right within the Health app a few days after they are completed.

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Cardiogram App Now Offers $1000 Accidental Death Life Insurance Policy for Free

Cardiogram for iPhone

The app Cardiogram has teamed up with Greenhouse Life Insurance Company and Amica Life to offer up to a $1000 accidental death insurance policy for Apple Watch owners.  The agreement, which starts today, is available in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

For those who may not be familiar with Cardiogram, it gives you detailed information about heart rates and cardio information beyond the basic information that your Apple Watch gives to you.

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Apple Watch Series 4 Expected to Have Electrocardiogram Functionality

Screenshot of an Apple Watch

With the Apple Event just a little over 24 hours away, leaks about what we can expect to see continue to happen.  The latest comes from well respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has indicated that the new Apple Watch Series 4 will come with a ceramic back and will support Electrocardiogram sensors.

For those who may not be familiar, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart.  Normally this requires anywhere from 3 to 10 sensors on the body so it is unclear how exactly Apple will build this into the Apple Watch.  If it is true, we will find out tomorrow how they did it.

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Apple Heart Rate Study On Apple Watch Starts Winding Down

Heart Rate Study Notification on Apple Watch

After nearly a year of collecting data from participating Apple Watch users, the Apple Heart Study is starting to wind down.  Over the weekend, multiple users who were early entrants into the study, were sent notifications that the study was now concluding and prompted to complete a short survey.  Indeed, all participants in the study are not receiving notifications on their Apple Watch that the study has now concluded.

Started in November 2017 and open to anyone who was over 22 years old and had at least an Apple Watch Series 1, the study used the sensors built into the Watch to monitor heart rate and heart beats.  That information would then get washed through Artificial Intelligence to isolate irregular heartbeats and notify  wears of a potential issue.

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National Parks Achievement Goes Live in Activity for September 1st Challenge

National Park Challenge Achievement Award

Earlier this week I told you about the upcoming National Parks Challenge that is coming up on Saturday, September 1st.  The achievement is aimed at helping celebrate the Redwood National Park’s 50th anniversary and is earned by exercising at least 50 minutes on the day.  This morning, the Apple Activity app had a push update that now shows that achievement.

To earn the achievement, you need to walk, run, or wheelchair workout for at least 50 minutes on September 1st.  This can be done either through the Apple Activity app itself or through another app that adds workouts to Apple Health on your iPhone or using your Apple Watch.

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How To Add A Health Metric to Favorites in Apple Health

Favorites in Apple Health

There are a lot of things to like about iOS and iPhones but if there is a killer feature that truly separates the platform and devices from Android, it is Apple Health.  The repository app pulls data from your other health apps and your Apple Watch to give you a single, comprehensive view of your health related information.

The amount of information in Apple Health can be, at times, overwhelming.  This is particularly true if you use a lot of health apps.  I’m likely one of those.  I use MyFitnessPal to track my diet, Nokia Health for my Blood Pressure and weight, Waterlogged for tracking my water intake, and Sleep Cycle to track my sleeping.  All of these put a fair amount of data into Apple Heath – which is great, but sometimes it is information overload.  To help with this, Apple has designed Health to allow you to configure favorites within the app. Favorites are those tidbits of information you want to see first while you open up the app to get your health information at a glance.  The setting to do this is not-so obvious and in this How To, I’ll show you where to set up favorites in Apple Health.

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