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Apple’s health app


The FDA has been adding some statements about mobile apps since the release of its report back in late March. Specifically, on 6/11/14 it released more clarification on what would fall under enforcement discretion – or those that it will leave up to other entities to enforce. According to mHealth they pretty much described Apple’s health app:

“Mobile apps that allows a user to collect, log, track and trend data such as blood glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, weight or other data from a device to eventually share with a health care provider, or upload it to an online (cloud) database, personal or electronic health record.”

So what does the Apple health app have included? Well, again according to mHealth, they have several diagnostic functions, including number of times fallen, galvanic skin response, and body heat flux. They have weight and activity related metrics – the ability to track body fat percentage, steps taken, calories burned. Then the nifty basal calories burned – those pesky calories burned while you sit and do nothing. And just in case you need it – the blood alcohol content results. Along with the expected medications functions – reminders, alerts to interactions, etc. Nutrition, sleep, and vital signs seem to be included.

What really interests me about the app is that is appearsĀ to be designed to work with other products more than as a stand-alone. That makes sense as it really isn’t a medical device and where else could it get most of the medical data if it did not interact? So in my mind this puts the app out there as more of a medical record for me. Then I circle back around to where does the data go?

If you are just waiting on this fall for the release of the app you might want to do some research beforehand and order your extra device for that blood alcohol content monitor, Breathometer (as seen on Shark Tank), or your Nike+ fuel monitors.

 

 

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Is there an app for that?


My guess is that if you were to ask this question of your peers – which I kinda have over on my Facebook page of the same name – that the answer would be yes. There are apps out there that I never dreamed about. And there are a LOT that are targeted to health – your health, your clinician getting information for your health, your exercise, your disease monitoring…. I could go on.

Recently, I broke the mold of myself and got an Apple laptop product. I was excited to get the iPad back in March and loved it for my trips – music, movies, games – then found out all the other significant stuff it could do. So I decided to give Apple a try against my trusty monster – my Dell. So now I have access to an even greater and different set of apps than I do with my Android based smart phone, my iPad, my Apple laptop and my Dell laptop. A gal could get confused here…

Alas, to my point -when I put mhealth into the PlayStore on my Android phone I got apps that I would never have expected. One that really took me by surprise was EPI mHealth Lite – an application used with EPI Mini to connect the smartphone to the device to read the ECG. WOW!

My Mobile Med Box came up for a fee in which it describes itself as “your secure personal health record”. Hmmm, wonder how that works. One of the comments on the reviews stated that the fire department recommended it to the person for people who call them a lot because it can give them info when you can’t. Again, hmmmm…I have a lot of questions on that security setup….

AT&T mHealth is on my list of interest. When you go to the play store on the Android it has the “warning” that “you must have an invitation to participate from your employer or health management company.” Well, that counts me out. I don’t have health insurance. Ping! That is a consideration with all these apps – what are the prerequisites?

I was excited to get WebMD on my iPad so that I could figure out what was wrong with me. Or my neighbors and friends. Seriously – how many times have you had a person tell you that this was aching, they had a rash somewhere, their chest pains were low in their ribs, or that the doctor gave them a medicine for that newly diagnosed condition but they forgot what else they were supposed to do other than take the medicine? Now, I’m likin’ some WebMD on my iPad!

For those clinicians out there listening in you can get Epocrates on your Android or Apple products, too. I kinda like that. Except for the part where I have to pay the pricing ($$) you need to pay for more than just RX (prescription) information.

A pretty neat one that I would never have thought of is Recalls.gov. It is available on Android and other versions are on the Apple products.

And what about those fitness and exercise apps? I found My Fitness Pal – really a lot like Weight Watchers that I did online about a year and a half ago but I thought it was less user-friendly. I had to guess at my calories and I’m always going to go for the help myself think that I’m losing weight side of things.

 

So what apps on your smartphones, tablets, or laptops do you use that relate to health/wellness?? I’m truly curious! I know there are a lot out there and one or two might just be of interest to me, also. Come on! Share!


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