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The rise of personal health technology

Are you ready to trust your health to a giant technology company? Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Series 6, came to market this October and the big selling point this year is a sensor that monitors your blood oxygen level.  So, now the Apple Watch can monitor your heart rate, conduct an ECG and monitor blood oxygen. And like other smartwatches, can track your fitness activity and put all that data together in the Health app to give you a better picture of your personal health.  Apple is making a big play into the fast growing health and wellness sector. Google and Microsoft are making moves into this space as well. So what’s all this health technology about? What about privacy and the relationship between healthcare providers, doctors and patients? While the Apple Watch is certainly in the lead when it comes to personal health and wellness technology in smartwatches and

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Smartphones, watches and health apps

If you have a smartphone (iPhone, Galaxy etc) then you’ve got a very powerful device to help you manage your health! Add in a smartwatch like an AppleWatch or Garmin and you’ve just added a whole new level to health management. For this article, we’ll focus on the iPhone, since Apple is far more dedicated in the development of health apps and tools than any other device company. All of your health information is managed through the Health app on an iPhone. Inside newer iPhones (iPhone8 and up) are sensors that can detect your speed of movement (accelerometer) and a sensor to detect when you climb stairs.  In the Health app, you can also enter your medical information (same for Android phones, but arguably less secure) such as height, weight, medications and conditions. With both iPhone and Android, depending on your province and doctor, you can also have access to

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