Supporting initial speculations, Apple unveiled several new health features for the iPhone and Apple Watch at WWDC 2021.
Mobi Health News reports that Apple’s latest releases in the newest operating system include real-time assessment of walking stability and fall risk, additional context for lab test results, new tools for tracking health trends for individuals as well as caregivers and new integrations with major EHR vendors.
“This past year has emphasized the importance of health, and we’re enabling our users to take a more active role in their well-being,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said. “We’ve added powerful features that give users the most comprehensive set of insights to better understand their health trends over time.”
He added, “Many people around the world are caring for someone, and we want to provide a secure and private way for users to have a trusted partner on their health journey. We’re excited to bring these innovative tools directly into users’ hands.”
Other new releases by Apple include respiratory rate (breaths taken per minute) in the sleep app and Tai Chi and Pilates in its list of recognized workout types.
These features, as well as several others, demonstrate Apple’s continued commitment to improving the mental and physical health of its users.
It also corresponds with the growth of mental health companies and the additional funding pouring into the space.