Over the years, Apple has introduced products and technology which empower users to take control of their health and fitness journey. The Health app, Apple Watch, and Fitness+ are examples of tools that enable users to monitor their heart, calories, activity, and other areas for their physical well-being.
Therefore, the Cupertino tech giant has published a report “How Apple is empowering people with their health information” to document the ways it is helping users, developers, and health organizations in the advancement of personal health, care, and research.
Apple devices are empowering people, developers, and medical institutions to break barriers in the health industry
As per the report, the tech giant’s health and fitness features are founded on four pillars.
- Providing a central and secure place for users to store and view their health data like the Health app.
- Developing and launching features for Apple Watch which serve as “intelligent guardians” for users’ health.
- Offering useful features to improve users’ everyday health and fitness.
- Empowering developers to develop innovative third-party health and fitness apps.
In addition to the currently available Health app, Fitness+, and other features, the upcoming iOS 16 and watchOS 9 updates will bring new features to focus on 17 areas of health and fitness for heart, sleep, women’s health, and others.
And for deeper integration of health and technology, the tech giant is directly collaborating with the medical community in four categories.
- Build tools for researchers to make new scientific discoveries.
- Strengthen the physician and patient relationship with useful, accurate and meaningful data.
- Collaborate with health organizations for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
- Support public health and government initiatives.
For example, the Research app has enabled Apple to collaborate with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the American Heart Association, the University of Michigan, and the World Health Organization to give people the opportunity to participate research studies from across the U.S.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer said:
“We believe passionately that technology can play a role in improving health outcomes and encouraging people to live a healthier day, and we are excited about the many ways users are benefiting from our health and fitness features, and by the ways third-party developers, institutions, and organizations are using Apple technology to advance health and science.
Our vision for the future is to continue to create science-based technology that equips people with even more information and acts as an intelligent guardian for their health, so they’re no longer passengers on their own health journey. Instead, we want people to be firmly in the driver’s seat with meaningful, actionable insights.”
It is also reported that the tech company might introduce new health-related tech in the upcoming AirPod Pro 2 to measure users’ temperature through the ear, enhance hearing, and monitor posture and Apple Watch Series 8 will be equipped with health sensors.