Welcome to familysmarts.net. In this second post I show you how to quickly import your personal health data to iOS 9’s Health app. I assume you routinely record vitals data such as blood pressure, weight, and heart rate into a home-grown solution (i.e. none of those popular health and fitness devices on the market today). In my case I use the combination of Microsoft Excel and a customized database. If you have a similar solution and you would like to easily visualize this data on your iOS 9 equipped iPhone then read on.
If you are new to this site, here is a brief overview. Since 2013, i’ve been experimenting with family data science – or the process of drawing deeper understanding and insights to help my wife and daughters grow, stay healthy and be happy. I am not (yet) one of those obsessed quantified-self data geeks nor do I buy into the fitness tracker fads either. I also have no intentions of replacing intuition and the good ol’ role of parenting with smart bots to guide your loved ones towards doing the right thing. Rather, I am just a curious dad who is convinced that a little 21st century IT along with a stream of the right data and analytics can help reinstate a healthy dose of household conscientiousness in between the joy, pressures and chaos of everyday family life.
Now let’s quickly jump into the solution. Beginning with iOS 9, Apple introduced Health, an app that lets you easily track and visualize your health and fitness information. Of course this app integrates out-of-box with most of today’s popular health and fitness devices. My problem is that I don’t use any of these commercial devices and there is no out-of-box integration between my home-grown system and Health. Alternatively, it would be great if I could easily import data to Health app via a standard format such as CSV. A quick search on the AppStore and I found Health Importer app to do just that.
Health Importer did just what I needed and it was very straightforward to use. Unfortunately it does not support the full breadth of health, nutrition and fitness data supported by the Health App but it is nonetheless a good start towards visualizing personal health data on my iPhone.