The Health app was created to help organize your important health information and make it easy to access in a central and secure place. iOS 16 allows you to manage, understand, and track your medications, invite loved ones to Health Sharing, and see your sleep stages.
Health puts important information at your fingertips, including your health records, medications, labs, activity, and sleep. And makes it simple to securely share that information.
It collects health and fitness data from your iPhone, the built-in sensors on your Apple Watch, compatible third-party devices, and apps that use HealthKit.
The Health app is built to keep your data secure and protect your privacy. Your data is encrypted and you are always in control of your health information.
The more informed you are, the more empowered you are to take action. That’s why the Health app helps you make sense of your data. So you can view your activity, manage your medications, better understand your sleep, and work with your healthcare providers to make the choices that are best for you.
Highlights uses on-device machine learning to serve up what matters most to you, like your steps, sleep, or vitals.
Interactive charts let you view your health data over time and dive in for a deeper look. For example, you can review your exercise activity for a day, week, or month or see your heart rate during a specific workout.
Advanced trend analysis lets you see how health metrics like blood glucose, heart rate, and respiratory rate change over time. And you can get notifications when new trends are detected.
The Health app can incorporate data from tens of thousands of third-party apps that are designed to promote healthier habits — everything from nutrition to meditation to fitness.
The Health app can give you app recommendations for health categories that interest you. Data collected from apps can be stored alongside data from your Apple Watch and information you’ve logged directly on your iPhone. Everything is built to keep your data secure and protect your privacy.
Get information about your medications and receive alerts of critical drug interactions.1 All you have to do is point your camera at a medication’s label to add it to the Health app or start typing the medication to see suggestions.2
Health can give you information on medications you’re taking, like what they’re used for, how they work, potential side effects, and drug interactions. You can receive an alert if there is a critical interaction with medications you’re taking, which can make a medication less effective or cause unexpected and potentially dangerous side effects. You can also learn if there could be side effects from consuming alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis with your medications.
Be reminded to log medications, vitamins, and supplements on your iPhone or on your wrist with Apple Watch. And securely share your medication information with loved ones.
With the Medications app on Apple Watch, you can get convenient and discreet reminders so you can quickly log medications. You can view charts and highlights in the Health app on iPhone and see more detailed information about when and how consistently you take your medications.
Prioritize your sleep by managing your sleep schedule, creating a bedtime routine, and seeing how often you’re meeting your sleep goals.
When you set up Sleep Focus in the Health app, you can create a custom Home Screen that includes your favorite apps and shortcuts to help you get ready for bed.
Apple Watch tracks sleep metrics like blood oxygen levels, heart rate, time asleep, and sleeping respiratory rate.3 iOS 16 lets you see your heart rate and sleeping respiratory rate alongside your time asleep with comparison charts in the Health app.
Using the sensors in Apple Watch, you can get deeper insights into how much time you spend in three sleep stages: REM, Core, and Deep.
Each sleep stage performs an essential function. REM sleep is where you experience dreaming, and studies show it may play a key role in memory. During the Core phase, your muscle activity decreases and your body temperature drops. It also represents the majority of your time asleep. And Deep sleep has a restorative effect on the body. You’ll see your data on your watch in the Sleep app, including the amount of time you spent in each stage.
Apple Watch and iPhone give insights into your mobility metrics. You can even get alerts if your walking steadiness is low or very low and you’re at an increased risk of falling.
You can view mobility metrics like cardio fitness, walking speed, how fast you climb and descend stairs, and an estimate of your six-minute walk test. You can also get a general assessment of your walking steadiness, classified as OK, low, or very low, just by walking with your iPhone. This would traditionally require a visit to a specialty clinic where you would fill out a questionnaire and have your balance, stability, and risk of falling assessed.
Cycle Tracking lets you log your period, record symptoms like cramps, and track cycle factors like lactation. It can also help predict when your next period or fertile window will begin. And you can receive a notification if your logged cycle history shows a possible cycle deviation, like irregular or infrequent periods.4
The Health app creates simple graphical charts so you can quickly review cycle length and variation. It also uses heart rate data from Apple Watch to improve its predictions. You can also create a PDF of your cycle history to share with healthcare provider for more informed conversations. Just like all of your health information, Cycle Tracking data is encrypted, secure, and private.
If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, AFib History on Apple Watch can estimate how frequently your heart is in AFib. And in the Health app you can track lifestyle factors that may influence your condition.5
AFib is a common cardiac arrhythmia that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. AFib History on Apple Watch gives you notifications with an estimate of the percentage of time you spend in AFib. The Health app helps you manage lifestyle factors that may influence time in AFib, like sleep, exercise, and weight. It can help you understand the time of day or week your AFib is most frequent. And you can create a PDF of your AFib History, including lifestyle factors, to share with your healthcare provider for richer conversations.
Having a second set of eyes on your health data can give you peace of mind. With enhanced sharing features, the Health app lets you do just that by offering powerful ways to stay connected to your loved ones and provide useful information to healthcare providers.
Health lets you share any information stored in the app. With iOS 16, you can invite your loved ones to share their information with you.
Send an invitation from the Sharing tab and the recipient can easily choose which data you can see, and start sharing. To ensure that people have full transparency and control, they will periodically get reminders that they are sharing health data. These reminders give them the opportunity to review what they’re sharing, see who they’re sharing it with, and possibly choose to stop sharing.
When you share your information, you have complete control over what you share and the people and institutions you share with. And you can make changes at any time.
You can receive important notifications about your loved ones’ health and view things like their activity, mobility data, heart rate data, and trends in the Sharing tab.
You’ll get notifications for any significant changes that are identified in shared data categories, such as a steep decline in activity, as well as gradual trends like an improvement in blood pressure. You can also receive the same alerts as a loved one, such as heart rate and irregular rhythm notifications.
To help you have more meaningful discussions with your healthcare team, you can share health information including activity data, heart data, cycle tracking data, heart health notifications, and falls detected.
Sharing data from the Health app can lead to richer, better-informed conversations with your doctor and healthcare team. For example, if you’re concerned about a particular area of your health, you can share data from that category along with information from your everyday life, like your activity and heart data.
Share your medications, blood glucose, Walking Steadiness, cardio fitness, and other mobility metrics with providers. And to facilitate physician discussions, you can create a PDF of your available health records.
Using their records system, your healthcare team can already review data you share. Updated views will let providers see data for topics such as blood glucose and mobility, all in one place.
With mobility view, your provider can see if you’ve received Walking Steadiness notifications or if hard falls have been detected by your Apple Watch.
Your body is a complex system. The Health app helps make understanding it a bit simpler. With it you can organize and access a vast array of health records, including allergies, labs, and immunizations — and sort through it all with ease.
View a timeline of your health history that includes lab results, immunizations, and medications, even if the data is from different health institutions.
To help you understand and manage your lab results, you can receive highlights, get context for results, and pin labs that matter most to you.
For the most common labs, you’ll see information that gives you more context, like what an acronym means, what the lab measures, and how the lab result broadly applies to health. Highlights show how your lab results have changed and if they are within expected ranges.
Institutions can issue verifiable lab results and immunization records, including COVID-19 test results and vaccinations, that can be downloaded and stored in the Health app.
Learn more about verifiable health records
You can securely share verifiable immunizations and lab results with apps to facilitate flights, workplace screenings, event screenings, and more.
Create an emergency Medical ID card that allows first responders to access your critical medical information from the Lock Screen.
A single organ donor can save as many as eight lives. Make an impact by signing up for the Donate Life America registry directly from the Health app.
As we introduce and expand ways to share your health data, privacy continues to be at the core. All of our health features are built to keep your data secure and protect your privacy. Your health data stays on your device and is encrypted when your phone is locked with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.
The Health app lets you keep all your health information securely in one place on your device.
You decide which information is in the Health app, which apps can access your data, and who you share your data with.
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