5 Ways to Track Your Personal Health Information on Your Phone

Your smartphone is a powerful and flexible tool for capturing information related to your health. There are various ways that your phone can do this, such as the popular apps or devices described below. Some apps span multiple categories, allowing the user several avenues for capturing health information.

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1. Manually Enter the Information

1.	Manually Enter the Information

This is the most primitive way to track your health information, whether it’s your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, energy level, or medication list.

2. Capture Information with the Phone’s Sensors

2.	Capture Information with the Phone’s Sensors

The sensors built into your phone can automatically capture selected types of health information when they are linked to suitable apps. Thus, the apps take advantage of the phone’s hardware to deliver specialized health-related functions.

A popular example is tracking physical activity. Numerous apps use the phone’s GPS to track outdoor activities like running or walking.

3. Capture Information with a Separate Health Sensor

3.	Capture Information with a Separate Health Sensor

While the smartphone itself is a wonder of modern technology, its greatest potential for health tracking may lie in the ability to connect to separate sensors. Here are a few devices you can connect with your phone to track health information:

  • Activity trackers like the Fitbit, Jawbone, Spark, and dozens of others
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Glucose meter
  • Pulse oximeters for measuring heart rate and oxygen saturation
  • Weight scale
  • Heart rhythm monitor
  • Peak flow meter for monitoring asthma control

Comprehensive platforms like Apple’s Health app make it easy to tie all this information together.

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4. Link to Your Electronic Health Records

4.	Link to Your Electronic Health Records

Much of your health information may be stored in electronic health records (EHRs) maintained by your healthcare providers. Many EHRs now allow patients to access information stored in EHRs, such as vital signs, medications, test results, appointments, and visit summaries.

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5. Keep a Lifelog (Health tracking made easy)

5.	Keep a Lifelog

If you want to capture a lifelog there are some apps that can help you do this. These apps automatically record time, date, place, activity, sleep, and weather around you. You can customize it and add fields and notes that are important for you. For instance, you can record the food you ate, your gym attendance and whether you meditated or not on a specific day.

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