The Health app has new capabilities with iOS 16 that will be valuable to many users with the main new feature being the ability to track medications on iPhone (vitamins and supplements too). Read on to have a look at how to use the iOS 16 feature.
Here’s how Apple describes the new functionality:
“The Health app adds Medications, allowing users to easily create and manage a list of medications, create schedules and reminders, and keep track of their medications, vitamins or supplements.”
Besides all this, the feature tells users about potential interactions between medications and it’s possible to connect with healthcare providers to see a list of past medications, get future updates, or add items to your schedule.
important note: Apple says: “It’s helpful to keep in mind to keep track of your medications, while helpful, it’s only one tool in safely managing your medication schedule. Please consult with your doctor, pharmacist, family members, and any caregivers to create a plan that works best for you.” .
Track Medications on iPhone: iOS 16 Guide
iOS 16 is currently available as a developer beta. The free trial of iOS 16 is scheduled to arrive in July. Learn more about installing iOS 16 in our complete guide.
- When running iOS 16 on iPhone, open a file health app
- Select the Browse tab In the lower right corner
- Faucet pharmaceuticalthen choose add medicine
- Use your camera to manually scan or type in your medications (Apple says scanning will be limited to US users for now)
- Follow the prompts to set reminders and more
- Return to the Health app > Browse tab > Medications at any time to record what you have taken and more
Here’s what medication tracking looks like on the iPhone:
If an exact match is uncertain or not found, the Health app will present a list of potential matches.
Once you have successfully added medications on iPhone (or vitamins/supplements), you can set reminders for both when to take them as well as the frequency. And you can even adjust the shape and color.
The last steps to track medications on iPhone include adding an alias/notes and deciding if you want to get potential interactions with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana – interactions between medications will be presented automatically.
Here’s what it looks like once you start tracking medications on the iPhone. You can click on it to sign in if you skip it or take it, and more.
As shown above, you can add more medications from this home screen (Health App > Browse > Medications), export the medication list as a PDF, and more.
Thank you for reading our guide on how to track medications on iPhone in iOS 16!
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