Apple unveils drug tracking and more health updates
Apple unveiled a new drug tracker and more health-related features at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday while previewing its watchOS 9 and iOS 16.
The Medicines feature, available on both Apple Watch and iPhone in the Health app, will allow users to manage their medications, vitamins, and supplements. They can use the camera to scan the vial to enter information, schedule, and receive notifications to take the medication on time.
In the United States, users may also receive notifications about possible drug interactions if they upload a new drug that may react poorly with one of their current medications. This tool also works with share healthso that family members can share medication data with loved ones along with other health metrics.
History of AFib
The tech giant also announced a new atrial fibrillation history feature with watchOS 9 coming soon.
Features, that is Recently approved by FDA For people 22 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, allowing users to monitor when their heart rate shows signs of AFib and other factors that may be contributing such as sleep, alcohol use, and exercise exercise.
Users will also be able to download a PDF with their AFib historical data to share with their providers.
Apple Watch will include more tools for sleep tracking. Using the accelerometer and heart rate sensors, users will be able to track when they are in REM, core or deep sleep and how much time they spend in each phase.
They’ll also be able to contribute that data to the Apple Heart and Motion Study in the research app.
Apple unveiled a bunch of new workout features for the Watch, including heart rate zones for workout intensity tracking and custom workouts where users can build their own plans including recovery period.
A feature geared toward triathletes allows the Watch to recognize when a user is transitioning to a new type of exercise, such as switching from swimming to cycling to running. In addition, the Watch will now be able to detect when swimmers use a skateboard during their workout and track their SWOLF score, stroke count, and time to swim a full length of the pool. .
The new operating system will also include new trackable metrics for runners, including stride length, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation. Runners can archive frequently used routes and receive notifications if they are keeping up with their previous speed and when they go off course.