Apple’s Health app(Opens in a new window) offers a wide range of information related to your medical health and history, your fitness and physical activity and your vital statistics, all accessible from your iPhone. But there’s even more to the app than it looks. You can add your medications and set alerts on when to take them, share your medical information with your doctor and loved ones, sign up for organ donation, and track your overall health. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of Apple’s Health app.
1. Create a doctor ID
The Doctor ID screen in the Health app contains information about your medical conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, and emergency contacts. In an emergency, these details can be accessed by other people, such as family members and medical personnel, from the phone’s lock screen.
To set up your ID and add the necessary data, open the Health app and tap your profile icon in the top right. Choose Medical identity cardthen tap the To start button.
You can then add the date of birth, medical conditions, medical notes, allergies and reactions, medications, blood group, organ donor status, weight, height, primary language and contact of emergency. Make sure you turn on the switches for Show when blocked And Share during the emergency call in the Emergency Calls section to make your Medical ID accessible from the lock screen during an emergency.
To access your medical ID yourself, open the Health app, tap your profile icon and select Medical identity card. But what if you are handicapped and cannot use your phone? Someone who needs to see this information, such as a family member or doctor, can access it from the lock screen.
If your iPhone has a Home button, tap it to bring up the keyboard screen. For phones without a home button, swipe up to view the same screen. Faucet Emergencythen choose Medical identity card to view all information about the doctor ID.
2. Sign up for organ donation
You can register as an organ donor directly from the Health app. Tap your profile icon to open your profile screen, then select Organ donation. Click the Sign up with Donate Life button. Confirm the existing information, then add the required details. Faucet Keep onthen review the information on the next screen and tap Complete the registration with Donate Life.
3. Enable a health checklist
When your iPhone and Apple Watch are paired, you can be notified if a certain medical condition or ailment is detected. From the Health app, open your profile screen and tap Health checklist. Apple Watch owners will see options for fall detection, low heart rate notifications, irregular rhythm notifications, walk stability notifications and noise notifications.
Faucet To enable next to each option in the Inactive section that you want to monitor. You can set additional settings for each element, such as keeping fall detection always on or only during workouts. You can also set the threshold for low heart rate notifications. When enabled, each item will appear in the Active section.
4. Add your medical records
You can add and view medical records from supported hospitals and healthcare facilities. For this to work, you will need an account with the health care provider, which you should have set up from the associated web portal. From the Health app, open your profile screen and tap Health recordsthen select To start.
You are then asked to grant the app permission to access your location. To select Allow while using the app or Allow once to view a list of nearby hospitals and medical centers. Tap the name of the facility that has your medical record, then choose Connect and log in with your account. Confirm you want to sign in and the Health app creates a connection.
After connecting with your healthcare professionals, you can view your previous medical records from the Health app. Click the Navigate icon, then scroll down to the medical records section. Faucet All records to see all your records from each provider you have added to the app.
You can also tap on a specific category, such as Allergies or Lab Results, to see only those results. Tap a specific supplier to see all records for that facility. You can also tap on a specific result to view more details and historical data.
5. Add a COVID-19 vaccine card to the Health app
Fewer places nowadays require you to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, but with the imminent launch of an Omicron-focused recall on the horizon, it may be useful to have your vaccine records on hand. On iPhone, the easiest way to add vaccination records(Opens in a new window) Health app is with a QR code.
Of course, it’s a bit difficult to scan a QR code that’s on your phone with phone, but you can save an image of your QR code, long press on it, tap Open in Health and then select Add to Portfolio and Health. Alternatively, send yourself an email record with a QR code or upload it to a cloud storage service, open it on another device, and scan the code with your iPhone. Faucet Add to Portfolio and Health. Find it later via Browse> Medical records> Immunizations> COVID-19 vaccine.
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6. Add your medications
New in iOS 16 is an option that allows you to add and manage your medications. You can even set timers to notify you when to take them. To set it up, tap the Navigate icon at the bottom and select Medicines. Faucet Add a drug, then type in the drug name or scan the name and dosage on a bottle with your phone’s camera. Choose the type of drug, dosage and frequency. At the right time, a notification will appear to remind you to take the drug.
7. Keep track of your health and fitness
If you have an Apple Watch, the Health app automatically syncs, stores, and displays your activity. But even without an Apple Watch, the app records certain data, especially if you’re using iOS 16. To view this information in the Health app, tap the Navigate icon and select Activities.
You will see statistics on your walking and running distances, number of minutes standing, number of minutes of exercise, number of flights climbed and number of steps taken. Tap a specific stat to see its historical data.
8. View a summary of your health information
To view the latest medical records, activity data, and other highlights, tap the Summary icon at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down the screen to view each type of data. Faucet Show all highlights to view more highlights. Tap a specific highlight to see its recent results.
9. Share your health information
You can share certain medical and health data with other people, including family members and your doctor. Click the Sharing icon at the bottom of the Health app, then tap Share with someone. You can then choose a family member and choose the specific data you want to share. Tap Share and the person will receive an invitation to view your data.
To share health information with your doctor or medical facility, tap Sharingthen choose the Share with your doctor link. Faucet Next to view a list of compatible providers. In order for you to share information this way, your doctor must support the feature, so check with them before trying this. If you see your doctor, tap their name and link your account.
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