23 health and wellness apps that connect to Apple's HealthKit

By Aditi Pai
08:01 am

HealthKitThis week several companies announced that their apps now integrate with Apple's new Health app, which is preloaded on all new iOS devices and any Apple device that downloads the new iOS 8 operating system.

Apple's HealthKit platform, which feeds health and wellness data from third party devices and apps into its consumer-facing app, called Health, had an initial rocky launch last week when the company said it would delay its launch because of a bug in iOS 8. Since then, the company has published a list in its AppStore featuring 16 "handpicked" apps that were recently updated to integrate with HealthKit.

Several other apps that weren't included on Apple's list have also announced HealthKit integrations. Here's a list of 23 apps that integrate data with HealthKit. 

Sixteen apps featured in Apple's Health collection:

Centered (Free) -- Insurance company Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which offers insurance plans to residents of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, launched this app last week. Centered is HCSC's first wellness app for its members. The app focuses on activity tracking and meditation. Centered will display a daily summary of calories burned, miles walked, and time spent being active every day, but it also offers meditation sessions for users to complete every week that range from four to 19 minutes. The app will send users tips on how to have a successful meditation session and provide them with a history of meditation sessions completed. The steps data will come from the passive tracker embedded in Apple's Health app.

UP by Jawbone (Free) -- Jawbone launched this standalone UP app that will allow smartphone owners who do not own Jawbone devices to track their fitness, nutrition and sleep. This data will instead come from other devices and apps via HealthKit and the Health app. A Jawbone spokesperson recently stressed to MobiHealthNews that this was not a move away from hardware for Jawbone, and that, in fact, there is a new wearable device in the works for the company’s product pipeline. The company sees the standalone app as a way for potential users to try Jawbone’s offerings out before they buy one of their devices.

FitStar Personal Trainer (Free) -- This app, which offers users fitness videos, announced this week that the number of calories its users burned from its workout videos would be fed into Apple's Health app via HealthKit.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker (Free) -- MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counted and Diet Tracker helps users log their daily food intake. The app offers a database of more than 40,000 foods. Now through the HealthKit integration, users can add their meal summaries, sync their weight, and add exercises to Health. The app will also collect weight data if the user chooses to track it in the Health app.

Human (Free) -- Health tracker app Human encourages users to be active for 30 minutes or more every day. The app automatically detects activity including when a user walks, runs, dances or bikes. This data will be fed into Health.

Noom Coach: Weight Loss (Free) -- Noom has developed several apps that help consumers stay fit, but has so far integrated Noom Coach with HealthKit. Noom Coach, formerly Noom Weight Loss, tracks diet and exercise, but also offers users a virtual coach, which assigns the user educational articles and challenges associated with his or her daily schedule. With the Health app integration, calorie burn data from other devices will be synced with Noom so the app provides users with accurate calorie estimates. The startup joined the New York Digital Health Accelerator in July 2014.

Run with MapMyRun+ ($2.99) -- MapMyRun tracks pace, distance, calories, and time for runners and sends them audio updates while they are running. The app tracks a run in the background so users can listen to music or take calls while working out. This data will also be integrated into Health.

Yummly Recipes (Free) -- This app offers users a recipe database in which they can save recipes, share recipes, and receive recommendations based on their recipe choices. Users can search for recipes by holiday, cuisine, taste, diet, nutrition, allergy, cook time, and technique. Yummly will send nutritional data to the Health app with the exact number of servings the user ate.

Fitnet Personal Fitness Workouts (Free) -- Fitnet’s iOS app offers users guided workouts that range from cardio and strength training to yoga classes. All classes are five minutes and when the workout is completed users can choose another workout or select the three-minute cool down option. Users can share data tracked during the workouts with Health. The company raised $1.4 million in April. In July, the company began its first clinical pilot, a collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) sponsored by a $15,000 grant from Mozilla. Fitnet worked with eight families in KUMC’s Health Hawks childhood obesity program.

MotionX 24/7 ($0.99) -- The app tracks users' sleep to help them wake up at an optimum time during their sleep cycle so that they will feel refreshed when they wake up. According to the company, its app is within 95 percent accuracy of professional sleep monitors used in sleep clinics. The app will send sleep data to Health.

Carrot Fit ($2.99) -- The app includes a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who will cheer the user on when he or she loses weight, but berate him or her for weight gains. In most ways, the app is a straightforward weight tracking app. Users enter their weight manually and the app tracks it on a graph, and also calculates the user’s BMI and allows the user to enter weight loss goals. Carrot will remind users to enter their weight, and will “pass judgment” once they do, either with silly rewards or mocking aspersions. The app also features a cartoon avatar that will change to reflect the user’s weight. With the new HealthKit integration, Carrot will send weight and workout data to Health, and the AI will also comment on and monitor activity logged in Health even if the user isn't actively using the app.

Zova -- Workouts for women (Free)-- This app, which offers video-based workouts, was made exclusively for women. The video workouts are all rhythm-focused and data from the workouts is later integrated into Health.

7 Minute Workout (Free) -- This app provides users with a short workout that they can do in seven minutes. The workouts are based on 12 high intensity bodyweight exercises. Each exercise is completed in 30 seconds with 10 seconds rest between exercises. Users can import calories burned data into the Health app.

Omvana - Meditation for Everyone (Free) -- Omvana recommends guided meditations based on how stressed the user is. Through the HealthKit integration, Omvana will use HealthKit data to sense the user is stressed based on their other metrics and suggest meditation exercises to complete.

WebMD (Free) -- WebMD's consumer-facing health app integrates a user’s biometric data from certain activity trackers, wireless scales, and glucose meters. While the app tracks steps, sleep, weight and blood glucose data from devices. The app's newest feature, called Healthy Target, which now syncs with HealthKit, uses data from these various health devices to provide consumers with physician-reviewed information and health tips.

Other apps that integrated with HealthKit at its launch:

iHealth (Free) -- Three of iHealth's apps, My Vitals, My Vitals 2.0, and SpO2, as well as nine devices that connect to the apps will now share data from iHealth via HealthKit into Apple's Health.

Lark (Free) -- Lark focuses on helping people sleep better and stay fit. With the new HealthKit integration, the device will integrate motion data from the Health app to make more sense of a user's nutrition, exercise, and stress data.

HumanaVitality (Free) -- With the HealthKit integration, Humana said members will have an easier time updating the app with their health data so that they can get rewards for making healthy decisions. If Humana members link their health apps and devices to HealthKit, they can earn Vitality points when they hit fitness milestones.

AmWell (Free) -- Consumers now have the option to integrate health data from HealthKit, including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, blood glucose levels, weight, nutritional information, and respiratory rate, into video visits company American Well's app, AmWell.

drchrono (Free) -- Mobile EHR drchrono will now let patients integrate HealthKit data into their personal health record and send it to physicians.

HealthLoop (Free) -- HealthLoop, which helps physicians to stay connected to their patients through mobile and web-based surveys, will now integrate with HealthKit to include device and app data when patients share information with doctors.

FitPort (Free) -- This app offers users a dashboard from which to view their data. The app collects HealthKit information and displays it to the user in its own dashboard.

RunGap (Free) -- RunGap collects data from several running-specific activity trackers including Garmin, Endomondo, RunKeeper, Strava, Runtastic, Polar, Suunto, and Adidas. Users can, in turn, integrate this data into HealthKit.

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