Apple Watch apps part 2: Tracking sickness by neighborhood, adjusting hearing aid settings

Earlier this week I wrote about several mobile health apps rolled out in the runup to Apple Watch’s official market debut later this month, many of them to coincide with HIMSS 15. Here’s a second batch with smart watch apps that span public health to health and fitness. Parks Associates estimates that 5 percent of […]

Earlier this week I wrote about several mobile health apps rolled out in the runup to Apple Watch’s official market debut later this month, many of them to coincide with HIMSS 15. Here’s a second batch with smart watch apps that span public health to health and fitness.

Parks Associates estimates that 5 percent of U.S. households with broadband use a smart watch, so it will be interesting to see how Apple Watch will impact that figure.

Sickweather The health IT company, which uses publicly available data to map illness trends, developed an app that includes a new feature called SickScore. It’s designed to give users a “relative threat index” of contagious illness in their community. If their SickScore is high it encourages users to open a handwashing timer. It helps users time themselves washing their hands for 20 secornds, per public health guidance.

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Beltone a hearing aid manufacturer developed an app called HearPlus to help users personalize their hearing aid settings using their watch. They can set volume control and adjust things like ambient noise.

BACtrack unveiled a version of its breathalyzer for Apple Watches. It also lets users view how long it takes alcohol to filter through their system

Dexcom’s app will help users view their blood-glucose levels. It transmits alerts to users when their levels stray beyond their normal parameters. Users can also invite up to five people to view their glucose information.

Health Care Service The insurer produced an app that helps users track and manage their stress levels by doing medication exercises to help figure out what factors spike their stress levels and a button that identifies mood.

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A Deep-dive Into Specialty Pharma

A specialty drug is a class of prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic or rare medical conditions. Although this classification was originally intended to define the treatment of rare, also termed “orphan” diseases, affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the US, more recently, specialty drugs have emerged as the cornerstone of treatment for chronic and complex diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.

Kaiser Permanente adapted its Everybody Walk app to help users track their steps and activity goals.

Clue adapted its fertility tracking app to give users an overview of their current cycle and relevant dates for their next period and ovulation, according to MobiHealthNews.

TigerText is extending its communication tool to Apple Watch. It will allow users to speak into the watch, and convert their speech to text. The app can also receive alerts, notifications and photos sent from its smartphone app.