How iOS 15's Health Data Sharing Works, And Is It Safe?

iOS users can now share health data through the Health app. For those concerned with safety, there are options to manage the data shared with others.

The latest iOS 15 update includes an option to share health data with friends and family, and even healthcare professionals. The option to share Health data is part of a wide range of new features that were launched along with the latest version of iOS. While this can be a useful tool, it’s also important for users to be aware of the safety protections that are in place, especially considering the personal nature of the information being shared.  

The Walking Steadiness feature is another recent addition to the Health app, allowing users to potentially receive an alert if the steadiness in their gait becomes too low. Users can also add medical records to the Health app so that all of this important information is in the one place. To get started, simply open the Health app, tap ‘Get Started’ and choose a doctor or health network. Although the Health app is focused on keeping users fit and healthy, the data it collects can have repercussions elsewhere as well. Earlier this year, for example, the Health app played a crucial role in a manslaughter case.

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