With each new version of watchOS, Apple also adds new features, including apps for sleep tracking and handwashing with watchOS 7. If you upgrade to watchOS 8, you can record more types of workouts, access your COVID-19 vaccination card through the Apple Wallet app, and unwind with the Mindfulness app. Here are some ways to get healthy with an Apple Watch.
There are a number of national initiatives that have set a high priority for promoting data access and sharing for patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Meaningful Use Program (recently renamed the Promoting Interoperability Program) requires eligible professionals and health systems to provide increasing amounts of data access to patients, such as the ability to view, download, or transmit health information to a third party, and to use secure electronic messaging to communicate with health professionals (Stage 1 and 2)6. In 2019, patients must have access to their health information using a third-party app of choice through an Application Programming Interface (API)7. In February 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology also proposed a new rule to support individuals in the secure access, exchange, and use of their health information electronically8 to facilitate healthcare system adoption of APIs. This proposed rule discourages information blocking by healthcare systems, payers, and vendors as detailed in the 21st Century Cures Act8. Progress has also been accelerated by the release of an API built on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard by the Health Level Seven (HL7) International Argonaut Project9, which allows interoperability between electronic health records and apps, such as Apple HealthKit10. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed policy changes to the MyHealthEData11 and Blue Button 2.012 initiatives to improve access, data exchange, and care coordination for beneficiaries through APIs and trusted exchange networks13. Furthermore, research programs, such as the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program, which seeks to create a national research resource to study how individual differences in biology, environment, and lifestyle factors influence health, relies on individuals to share information about their health using APIs and other methods14.
Health Tracking and Health Information Sharing Characteristics. Health tracking and health information sharing proportions varied across respondents with 0, 1-2, and 3 or more chronic conditions (see Table 2). For health tracking, 43.16% of respondents used a smartphone or tablet to track progress on a health-related goal such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or increasing physical activity. Approximately 11% reported not having smartphone or tablet. Other than a smartphone or tablet, 36.74% of respondents used an electronic device, such as a blood pressure monitor, blood glucose meter, or Fitbit, to track their health within the past 12 months. In terms of accessing online medical records (OMR) at least once in the past 12 months, 31.67% of respondents indicated that they had done so, however only 17.35% downloaded it to a computer or mobile device. Using an electronic device, smartphone, or tablet to track health and accessing or downloading the OMR onto a computer or mobile device were associated with the number of chronic conditions (p 2b1af7f3a8