September 12 2021
iGetBetter releases Fall Software Release with availability of Apple HealthKit integration, 6 Min. Walk Test functionality and minor UI improvements.
Apple HealthKit provides a central repository for health and fitness data on iPhone and Apple Watch. With the patient’s permission, iGetBetter now communicates with the HealthKit to access and present important health data. Apple Health Data can either be imported by the care provider via a background physiologic plan or be pushed by the patient when enabled. In any case, at first use, the patient will consent to allow to share Apple health data with Health App Buildr/iGetBetter. Patients may disable HealthKit data flow in the setting section of the APP at any time.
The 6 Min. Walk Test (6MWT) can be described as a test of functional status or fitness of patients. It is used as a simple measure of aerobic exercise capacity. The results of this test may or may not lead the physician to do more sophisticated measures of heart and lung functions. During this test, the patient walks at normal pace for six minutes. This test can be used to monitor patients’ response to treatments for heart, lung and other health problems. This test is commonly used for people with pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, pre-lung transplant evaluation or COPD. Usually, the test has been performed under supervision of the care personal. Now, with iGB, these tests can be performed by the patient at home. The patient holds the smart phone while walking and optionally wear an Apple Watch or finger pulse-ox device to measure HR and O2 saturation. The App guides the patient through the test and times the exercise.