Here’s everything you need to know about Healthbook

healthbook-book (1)Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac, notorious for his detailed, thorough, and comprehensive Monday morning reports on the future of Apple, has published yet another this morning; this time, he gives us a look at what Apple has planned for iOS 8, Healthbook, and the rumored iWatch wearable device. After the break you’ll even find some detailed examples of Healthbook, which are recreations made from screenshots of the app itself.

As always, the post is very thorough and offers a great amount of insight from one of the Apple blogosphere’s most well-connected reporters. Reading it in full will give you all the details, but for those wanting the gist in a pinch, here are the bullet points:

  • The Healthbook interface is heavily influenced by the design of the current Passbook app

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  • Each functionality of Healthbook has its own card, all with a different color theme
  • Included sections: “bloodwork, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and weight.”
  • Contradicting many other reports, the images suggest that Apple is indeed working on Hydration tracking. The company is also not working on tracking stress or pregnancy data according to Gurman, as other reports have suggested.
  • Three parts of the app are for fitness tracking: Activity, Weight, and Nutrition
  • Activity, as pictured below, tracks data such as ”steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked.”


  • The Weight tab “allows users to input their height and weight information to track statistics like BMI (Body Mass Index) and body fat percentage.”
  • The Nutrition tab does as you would expect: enter diet and other information for tracking food intake
  • Blood tracking functions include the ability to store and monitor “Bloodwork,” “Oxygen Saturation,” and “Blood Sugar.”
  • Lab reports for blood work are often sent to patients via email or mail, and Apple may want to make the Bloodwork tab a new delivery method for this patient information
  • There are non-invasive ways of monitoring Oxygen saturation, and Apple may have hired Dr. Michael O’Reilly last year to work on such an app
  • Healthbook may serve a central hub for monitoring blood glucose for diabetes patients as well
  • Healthbook will also serve to track hydration and respiratory rate
  • Much like FitBit and other wearable devices and applications, Healthbook will track your sleep schedules as well
  • Healthbook will also include an “Emergency Card” for storing critical health information about yourself for use by medical personnel in case of an emergency


  • The app will source data from one or more of the following sources: iPhone, third-party App Store apps, third-party devices, and/or a future Apple wearable device
  • The hydration, respiratory rate, and blood sugar tracking functionality is not currently known to be possibly sourced from any known devices, fueling rumors that Apple is gearing up to release a wearable of their own
  • Healthbook will likely launch with iOS 8, or alongside an Apple wearable that tracks information for the app



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