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Apple reveals medicine tracking tool

Apple has previewed a new range of health features, including a new atrial fibrillation history tracker, a new medications app, and a sleep stage tracker.

Its new medications app will be available on Apple Watch and iPhone, to support individuals manage and track their medications, such as to create medications lists or set-up reminders.

In the Apple statement for people who are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) the company said: “users who are diagnosed with AFib can turn on the FDA-cleared AFib History feature and access important information, including an estimate of how frequently a user’s heart rhythm shows signs of AFib, providing deeper insights into their condition. Users will also receive weekly notifications to understand frequency and view a detailed history in the Health app, including lifestyle factors that may influence AFib, like sleep, alcohol consumption, and exercise.”

Users can also download a PDF with a detailed history of their AFib and lifestyle factors, which can be shared with doctors and care providers.

On the update to provide sleep insights, the company notes the introduction of ‘signals from the accelerometer and heart rate sensor’, to detail sleep stage data.

For more information, please visit the Apple website here.

In November 2020, HTN welcomed Craig York, Chief Technology Officer at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT who shared with us the trust’s programme introducing the Apple Health App. Watch the session here.