Thanks to our Trunk partners, there are many apps and products that help you store all kinds of information in Evernote from scanned documents, handwritten or audio notes, photos, and much more. Now, we have something completely different that addresses something critical to all of us: our health.
iHealth just released a new wireless arm blood pressure monitor, wrist blood pressure monitor, and a digital body analysis scale that include a seamless Evernote integration so you can easily keep track of your blood pressure or body composition over time, right in Evernote.
Your health information in Evernote
This integration is really interesting because measuring and tracking data over time is key to understanding overall trends. With everything in Evernote, you can add additional notes and access your health history any time. Like everything in Evernote, this data is private by default, but you can opt to share it with your doctor or family.
This integration becomes even more powerful when you use it together with Evernote and Evernote Food. By using the apps together you’ll get even more context around all of the health information that you’re getting from iHealth products.
The iHealth Devices
The blood pressure monitors are wireless, and measure systolic/diastolic numbers, the heart rate, and pulse wave. The body scale measures nine different characteristics of your body composition, including body fat, lean mass, muscle mass, bone mass, and more. All devices send data automatically to iHealth’s free MyVitals app for iPhone. The information is then converted into beautiful results notes in Evernote. The blood pressure notes include a relative graph indicating hypertension levels. If you take more than one reading a week, a summary trend chart is generated once a week.
How It Works
It’s all very easy to use. The monitors and scale automatically turn on when used, so you just open the iOS MyVitals app, hit the start button, and your device will begin measuring and sending data via Bluetooth. Once you’ve set up iHealth with Evernote, iHealth will create a note in your designated Evernote notebook in Evernote containing all of the gathered information.
Our Fitness Ambassador
We asked Chad Williams, Evernote’s Fitness Ambassador and founder of Anthrophysique.com, to use iHealth and explain why this integration with Evernote is useful:
“As an online fitness and health coach, I focus on overall wellness of my clients, not just on numbers. A key component to creating a program is to have baseline measurements so you can set a goal and test for progress over time. If you don’t know where you’re starting from, it can be hard to know if your program is heading in the right direction. iHealth’s blood pressure monitors and weight scale make getting measurements incredibly easy for anyone on a daily basis. By automatically syncing easy-to-read charts to Evernote, you get a solid picture of your overall well-being.”
Chad sees devices like these as key for people who are just getting started on a fitness program and want to lose weight. As a coach, it’s important for him to have as much insight in his clients’ health as possible, and it’s particularly useful to have it all in Evernote for easy sharing. The weekly trend graphs are great as motivators.
The iHealth Evernote integration is also great for:
- Those caring for an older family member, especially if you don’t live close by: have the individual take their measurements, and send the results in a notebook that you both share.
- Those with high blood pressure: whether you are on medication or not, you can add detailed notes to your result notes, and discover patterns in your life that may affect your blood pressure.
- Those whose doctor requires regular monitoring: take your own measurements, and either share the results notebook with your doctor, or show it to them during your next visit.
We’re giving away one iHealth arm blood pressure monitor (a value of $99.95) so that you can start taking measurements and saving them in Evernote. Just leave a comment here using the hashtag #iHealth, and tell us why you think this integration is important. One winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway is open until December 13th, 2012. Some restrictions apply, and some countries require a customs tax. See rules here.
[Update: This giveaway is now closed.]
Disclaimer: The contents of this blog post are for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.