Rumor: Apple's next-gen iOS 8 to include 'Healthbook' app for comprehensive health monitoring

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  • Reply 41 of 124
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    Originally Posted by PatchyThePirate View Post

     

     

    Hi Christopher, hope I can jump in here. Your daughter is correct! You really see a different side of society in county hospitals. Sadly, there is a huge fraction of the population out there that lives terribly.. poor life skills, poor health, mental illness, domestic abuse, substance abuse. Compliance is a huge issue with this population, and monitoring such as what Apple seems to be working on could go a long way towards improving outcomes. Something that hasn't really been talked much about yet is the mental health aspect of monitoring biological functions. Biofeedback and monitoring of stats such as heart rate variability could also be very beneficial. As the ACE Study (acestudy.org) in particular has has shown, there is a direct causative relationship between mental and physical health.

     


    Agreed, Patch. Along similar lines, I think it was David Brooks who said recently, (paraphrasing) If there was no poverty, we wouldn't have a crime problem, a murder problem, a health crisis, an education problem and on and on. Obviously, he realizes that you can't just wish away poverty but his point still stands.

     

    The mental health aspect is huge. It sounds trite to say it, but the drugs and alcohol abuse are, in some ways, their self-medicating attempts. 

     

    Best.

  • Reply 42 of 124
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    Originally Posted by Arlor View Post

     

     

    Surely no APPLE customers are obese! Steve and Jony would not approve. 


    HaHa. I don't know, Jony and Stevo (before his illness) were looking a little pobsey! :)

     

    No disrespect to SJ. :)

  • Reply 43 of 124

    Watch Samesung rush to release something called "HealthApp"

  • Reply 44 of 124
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,709member
    Agreed, Patch.
    Which begs the question - why the iWatch?
  • Reply 45 of 124
    chipsychipsy Posts: 287member
    bullhead wrote: »
    Watch Samesung rush to release something called "HealthApp"
    Samsung this time around is ahead of Apple as they already have a health app, which launched in 2012 on the S3.
    S Health can sync with third-party blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors and glucose meters — all over Bluetooth. It also includes diet tracking, room temperature and humidity tracking,...

    http://mobihealthnews.com/28387/samsung-gets-fda-clearance-for-s-health-app/

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/02/samsung-launches-s-health-app/
  • Reply 46 of 124
    OMG I hope its deletable...otherwise it'll just have to go in the Crap folder with the stock app
  • Reply 47 of 124
    Every once in awhile a rumour comes out that manages to be somewhat true, but then stuff like this pops up and if the person writing provided just SLIGHTLY less information people might actually believe it, but while a lot of this can be done and monitored via external devices likes oximetry, activity, baseline caloric intake, temperature, respiration, etc, the thing that makes this PATENTLY false is that no device currently on the market or foreseen to be on the market can ACCURATELY detect glucose levels without providing something like urine (less accurate), or blood (more accurate), or eye moisture (there is a contact lens device being researched for this, actually) but an external watch or clip on device just won't do it. And if an article is suggesting that it CAN its just wrong. Possibly, what was meant was that this app could record readings FROM devices that CAN measure glucose levels and provide a diary of levels by transmitting the data via bluetooth (there are devices that already do this on the iPhone), but nope, a watch isn't going to do that, at least not with our current level of technology.
  • Reply 48 of 124
    OMG I hope its deletable...otherwise it'll just have to go in the Crap folder with the stock app

    I don't wanna have a life coach moment, but maybe look into your wealth and health when you have some time to spare?
  • Reply 49 of 124
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    Remarkably, in 1950, 50% of the US adult population smoked! Now it's down to ~20%. Still too high, to be sure, but a major improvement, nonetheless.

     


    That's an amazing statistic, but the amount that the US adult population has increased since then, 20% is still probably close to the same number of people who smoked back then. Proportionately less but still the same amount.

     

    Maybe this will give real-time indicators telling smokers while smoking that their blood pressure is increasing, O2 levels are decreasing and pulse is rising. When one actually sees these health-indicating statistics, maybe it will be a good form of discouragement to get people to think about quitting!

  • Reply 50 of 124
    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

    When one actually sees these health-indicating statistics, maybe it will be a good form of discouragement to get people to think about quitting!


     

    Dropping insurance coverage for smoking-caused illnesses would also be a good form of discouragement.

  • Reply 51 of 124
    When one actually sees these health-indicating statistics, maybe it will be a good form of discouragement to get people to think about quitting!

    Dropping insurance coverage for smoking-caused illnesses would also be a good form of discouragement.

    Not a smoker (was one long ago), but that's like saying let's drop health insurance for light-skinned people who have a tendency to lie in the sun....
  • Reply 52 of 124
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

    Not a smoker (was one long ago), but that's like saying let's drop health insurance for light-skinned people who have a tendency to lie in the sun....

     

    Not in the slightest. Tanning has redeeming qualities. Smoking is just prolonged suicide. The namby-pamby “Surgeon General’s Warning” being nothing more than a lie; in Ireland, for example, it’s not “smoking may cause forms of cancer”, it’s “Smoking causes lung cancer.” Period.

  • Reply 53 of 124
    What a stupid response.

    Health care us 18% of US GDP. Any slice you can get of that 18% is HUGE.

    Moreover, this is 3-5 years out. (Nowhere as laughably out like 10 years for Amazon drones, 15 years for Google Glass and 25 years for driverless cars).

    Not to pick nits, but driverless cars are only 5-6 years off according to current predictions.
  • Reply 54 of 124

    Not in the slightest. Tanning has redeeming qualities. Smoking is just prolonged suicide. The namby-pamby “Surgeon General’s Warning” being nothing more than a lie; in Ireland, for example, it’s not “smoking may cause forms of cancer”, it’s “Smoking causes lung cancer.” Period.

    Other than to perhaps make you look like a piece of broiled chicken, what are the 'redeeming qualities' of tanning?
  • Reply 55 of 124

    Not to pick nits, but driverless cars are only 5-6 years off according to current predictions.

    I'll believe that when insurance is figured out. I can accept 5-6 years after that.
  • Reply 56 of 124
    I'll believe that when insurance is figured out. I can accept 5-6 years after that.

    I think insurance companies will be completely on board with removing the weakest link in the chain, which is the distracted, tired and careless driver. They'll still ultimately require a person to sit at the wheel to take responsibility for accidents, but the person will become the redundant backup for the self-drive system. I think some truckers, cab drivers and bus drivers will see their jobs disappear first.
  • Reply 57 of 124
    I'll believe that when insurance is figured out. I can accept 5-6 years after that.

    I think insurance companies will be completely on board with removing the weakest link in the chain, which is the distracted, tired and careless driver. They'll still ultimately require a person to sit at the wheel to take responsibility for accidents, but the person will become the redundant backup for the self-drive system. I think some truckers, cab drivers and bus drivers will see their jobs disappear first.

    Really? You think that the 'weakest links in the chain' (an attribute correlated with all types of socio-economic characteristics) are the most likely buyers of driverless cars?

    That's a new one to me.

    How much will one of these cost, btw? And is there any infrastructure, regulation that taxpayers and politicians have to get behind, enable, and fund?
  • Reply 58 of 124
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

    Other than to perhaps make you look like a piece of broiled chicken

     

    No disagreement there. :p

     

    what are the 'redeeming qualities' of tanning?


     

    I’m to understand that a light tan (received by healthy outdoor activity) promotes vitamin D production. 

     

    I don’t advocate laying out on a blanket on the beach–nor naked in a box of fluorescent lights–but being a pale shadow year round is less healthy than darkening in the summer from swimming or what have you.

     

    Though I do like the people who manage to turn themselves orange, either by indoor tanning or spray-on tan, simply because it’s nice to have a long distance indicator of stupidity instead of needing to wait to hear them talk. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 59 of 124
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Other than to perhaps make you look like a piece of broiled chicken</span>

    No disagreement there. :p
    what are the 'redeeming qualities' of tanning?

    I’m to understand that a light tan (received by healthy outdoor activity) promotes vitamin D production. 

    I don’t advocate laying out on a blanket on the beach–nor naked in a box of fluorescent lights–but being a pale shadow year round is less healthy than darkening in the summer from swimming or what have you.

    Though I do like the people who manage to turn themselves orange, either by indoor tanning or spray-on tan, simply because it’s nice to have a long distance indicator of stupidity instead of needing to wait to hear them talk. :lol:

    Some people similarly claim that smoking is good for stress reduction, and stress is a leading factor in heart attacks.

    As to vitamin D, there's always them pills.... ;-)
  • Reply 60 of 124
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
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    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post





    What a stupid response.



    Health care us 18% of US GDP. Any slice you can get of that 18% is HUGE.



    Moreover, this is 3-5 years out. (Nowhere as laughably out like 10 years for Amazon drones, 15 years for Google Glass and 25 years for driverless cars).

    Uh, no.

     

    If anyone thinks that a "Fitness Focus" is going to do anything for Apple other than drive it into the ground, they've got another thing coming.

     

    "Fitness" and everything related to it is not going to sell devices, or encourage software upgrades. Fitness as a tentpole feature of software or hardware will be about as popular as the "enhancements to Siri" were in iOS 6.

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