Transactions in almost all establishments are now powered with electronic systems and apps. Whether you are in a grocery store, malls, airports, and others. This is also applicable with medical situations. And the latest iOS 15 update is making it much easier in this case. This fall, Apple users will be able to use the feature to send their medical data from their Health app to their doctor’s electronic medical record systems.
Health Data Sharing
It is essential for a doctor to know the history and symptoms that a patient experiences for a certain amount of time. However, it is not that easy for people to remember all of these details accurately. With this newest update, the Health app can not only track relevant information about your health, it also allows you to share these vital details to your doctor or trusted caregiver. Users in the US can now share details like heart rate, detected falls, hours of sleep, or exercise minutes.
As monitored by the app, it assures accurate data to be conveyed to better assess your health condition. Of course, this comes with user permission. Also, there are certain participating healthcare organizations that can review data that a user chose to share in their app.
Aside from this, users also have the option to share these records to a loved one. Adding to the struggle of monitoring health conditions of family members, people are also finding it difficult to connect to others due to the pandemic restrictions. With that, this app allows users to share whatever data they choose to share and with whom. For instance, you are an aging parent that wants their children to be updated with their health. Or maybe your wife wants you to be updated with your fertility dates. This is definitely something you can use.
Aside from this, other updates in the Health app include Trends. The app will also show users trend analysis for data such as resting heart rate to sleep to cardio fitness. This will make observations easier and track changes in health better.
Another feature added is monitoring of Walking Steadiness. It uses custom algorithms that assess balance, stability, and coordination by the built-in motion sensors on your device.
Effects Of This Update
The Verge reported recently about an email acquired from Libo Wang, a cardiology fellow at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He studies wearable technology and its effects on users. He states that “The current workflow is mildly laborious, and requires the patient to email the pdf, and a clinician manually uploading that file to create a permanent record in the official electronic medical record.”
The previous process that patients and doctors follow is quite long and tedious. And this update will definitely make it easier for both parties.
This may not be the first action that Apple has about medical transactions. Since 2018, Apple already allowed users to store records to their Health app. In this way, all records are ready and accessible.
All of these updates come with privacy settings that all users have control with. These are vital information therefore the company makes sure that privacy is a foundation of all these updates. Users can use this to monitor one’s health better and to improve on it.