Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Health app, part of iOS 8 New Features.
In this movie, I want to talk about a brand new bundled app that comes with iOS8, known as Health. In recent years, people have been using apps and wearable devices to track health information, like how many steps they take, how far they run or cycle, and track weight loss. The Health app gives you one centralized location where you can log and view all of this information. We'll start by opening up the app. The first thing you see here is the dashboard. This will be where you can get a quick look at all the specific health information that matters to you.
When you first open the app, your dashboard will be empty like mine. So, we'll need to get that all set up. Now, there are four buttons along the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the different modes inside the app. And the first thing you should probably do is go to the Medical ID page. From here, you can set up your personal medical information. You can see here that I've already set this up for myself. You can hit the Edit button and go in and change any of this information. You can see that I made a note of my allergy to ibuprofen, which is very important.
I've set myself as an organ donor. Now, unfortunately, I don't know my blood type so I'm going to have to figure that out and come in and add that information later. The Medical ID information does two things. First, as you track your health data, the app can use this information like your height and your weight to more accurately make its calculations. But more importantly, this Medical ID page can be a valuable way to store important information for your doctor. And, if you're ever in an accident and are rendered unconscious, medical professionals can access this to get vital information before treating you.
In fact, even if your phone is locked with a pass code, this information is accessible. So, let's see how that works. I'm just going to say, Done, and this is the medical ID information that I filled in. So, I'm going to go ahead and put my phone into the lock mode. And now when I go to activate the phone and swipe, I'll need to put in my passcode. But if I'm hit by a car, for example, the paramedics can take my phone, they can activate it, and they won't be able to get into my phone because of this passcode.
But if they hit this Emergency button. There's an option here for my Medical ID page, and so medical professionals can access this information even if your phone is locked. I'm going to go ahead and hit Done. And, I'm going to cancel this and just log back into my phone. And we'll jump back into the Health app. So that's medical ID. Now let's set up some health tracking data. I'm going to go to the health data screen. And this gives you categories for all the different types of health data that you can track.
I'm going to go into the body measurement category, and I'm going to choose to track my weight. And I'm going to hit this option to show this on the dashboard. That's going to put this particular log into the dashboard so that I can access it more easily next time. Let's add a few more items to the dashboard. I'm going to hit Back, back to the main list. I'm going to go into Fitness. And I am going to choose the step counter, I'll show that on the dashboard, take a step back here.
And I will do one more, I am going go into results and I am going to chose Blood Glucose and set that on the dashboard. It's very important for diabetics to track their blood glucose level on a regular basis. When they do that, they need to record that information in a blood glucose log. Well, this tool inside of the health app is just one way of logging your blood glucose. So, it can be really handy for people who have diabetes. So, I'm going to take a step back here. And now I'm going to go back to the dashboard.
And I can see all of these logs that I've decided to list are now in my dashboard. Now on your phone, these graphs will probably be empty when you first set it up. I already went in and manually added some data. So, let's talk about that, let's see how you can manually add data. I'm going to tap on the Weight log, and you can see I've got a little bit of a graph here showing some information, that's because I already went in and manually added some data. If I go to the Month view, I can see a longer amount of time.
I'll go back to the Week view. And, of course, you can go back to the Day or the Year view. To manually add data, you just hit this option here, Add Data Point. So, I haven't logged my weight today. So, let's go ahead and add my weight. Let's say I just hopped on a scale, and I'm 161 pounds, I'll hit Add, and now that data has been added. If I hit Show All Data, I can see all of the data points that I've added. So this could be a really good way of tracking your weight over time. I'll take a step back. Now, of course, once you've put in data for several days, you'll be able to see what the graph would look like over time.
This can be a great way to track your weight on a daily basis. So when my doctor or my personal trainer asks me if I have seen any weight loss, I can answer with precise data. Most of these logs work pretty much the same. I'm going to go into the Blood Glucose Log, and you can see I can add a data point. So I can log according to the date and time, and I can put in my blood glucose level here. I'm going to go ahead and cancel this. And take another step back. Now manual entry is not the only way to get data into these logs.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, for example, have a pedometer built in. That's hardware that tracks how many steps you take. So that means, it can track how many steps I take in a day. So that's why there's already information here on this steps log. It's because I set up this phone several days ago, and it's already been recording my steps. If I tap on that, I can see more information, and if I go to show all data, I can see all of those logs. Now this is just a phone that I set up for demonstration purposes.
So these numbers aren't really typical, but you get the idea. And since I have all this data in here, I've already got a graph being built out. Now, the other way that these logs can gather data is from third-party applications. There are tons of fitness and exercise apps on the App Store. And Apple has released a tool kit for app developers, so that they can build their apps to share fitness data with the Health app. Now, at the time of this recording, none of those apps have been updated to support the Health app. But we can still see how it would work. I'm going to go into the sources button here, and from here you'll see a list of all of the apps you have installed on your device, they can link into the health app. Now, if you go to this screen, you have the option to give those apps individual permission to share data back and forth with the Health app. So, for example, if you have an app that you use to track when you go running and it tracks how far you run and on which days, you can share that data with the Health app. As time goes on, check the fitness apps that you used for updates and see if they add support for the Health app. But even if you don't use one of those third party apps, you could get started right away using the logs in the Health app by adding data manually or using the step counter that comes built-in to the iPhone 5S and 5 6. And that should get you started with the Health app in IOS8