Apple describes how it’s helping users improve their health with Apple Watch and iPhone with new report

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We’ve all read those stories that start with “Apple Watch helps find a rare disease…” or “Apple Watch saves the life of…”. And frankly, those are a joy to read: Whatever everyone’s opinion of the company, hearing a story of a life saved is something that should always be a reason for us to be happy to say the least. And it’s no secret to anyone that health is one of the things Apple mentions it in almost every announcement it makes, especially when we talk about the Apple Watch and the iPhone. It appears that Cupertino is taking its initiatives to improve user health seriously, and the company has now published a report shed more light on how Apple has worked to empower people, with its technology, to take health seriously.

Apple releases new report detailing how it has contributed to the health of Apple users

Shared in a press release, the new report details several ways Apple’s technology is helping users, developers and even health organizations improve health, research and care. The report is about the empowerment that Apple’s products offer people.

Of course, another important aspect that Apple talks about is privacy, and don’t forget to mention that all the work it’s done on health has put privacy at the heart of all things.

But what exactly has Apple done in the area of ​​health? The report focuses on two main categories. The first describes Apple’s focus on health and fitness with the Apple Watch + iPhone, and the second describes Apple’s work as a company with various medical institutions and organizations.

Apple Watch and iPhone: A Health Focus

In the report, Apple highlights several key features of the Apple Watch and iPhone and shares some interesting data points. For those of you who don’t know, the Health app was released in 2014 and the first Apple Watch came about in 2015. Since then, Cupertino has worked to introduce many health and fitness features to the wearable.

Apple underlines these three main benefits of its health and fitness features:

  • A centralized and secure place to store and view health data
  • Features that allow the Apple Watch to be “an intelligent guardian of users’ health”
  • Features that help improve users’ daily lives with healthier habits

The report also talks about the upcoming release of the iOS 16 and watchOS 9 updates in the fall, highlighting its focus on 17 health and fitness areas: from heart health and sleep to mobility and women’s health.

We’ve all read the headlines and heard stories about one of the health-related features of the Apple Watch that helps someone avoid a health problem or save someone’s life. In case you’re curious, the most recent one is about the irregular heartbeat notifications from the Apple Watch helping a woman discover she had a rare form of tumor that could have killed her had she gone undetected.

As you can see in the image above, with iOS 16 and watchOS 9 (coming in the fall), there will be over 150 different types of health data that you can store in the Health app of Apple Watch, iPhone, and even connected third-party apps and devices. In addition, some institutions in the US, UK and Canada may also store health data here.

Apple’s focus on helping the medical community

The second main part of the report focuses on Apple’s work with the medical community — in fact, the company supports research and care. The report underlines that direct collaboration with the medical community is necessary for health innovation. The key aspects where Apple has done just that are also listed:

  • Building tools to enable researchers to make new scientific discoveries
  • Helping strengthen the doctor-patient relationship with meaningful data
  • Partnering with health organizations to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Supporting public health initiatives

In the physician-patient relationship department, the company announces that the Health Records feature is now available to patients in more than 800 institutions in more than 12,000 locations, a pretty significant number, we might add. With Health Records, patients can easily view their available medical data in the Health app.

Apple also emphasizes that all of its health-related features have gone through an extensive scientific validation process and that privacy is paramount.

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