Apple has announced that the next major operating system for the Apple Watch, watchOS 9, will include a new feature that will allow users to track their medications. Additionally, the functionality will take care of vitamins and supplementsand it goes without saying that it will include settings for configuring schedules and reminders.
Thanks to its integration into the Health app, the new Medications feature will also include information about each medication.
Such features were previously absent from the Apple Watch, although on the iPhone users could install one of the many apps available from the Apple Store.
“The new Medications experience on Apple Watch and iPhone helps users manage and track their medications, vitamins, and supplements, allowing them to create a medication list, set schedules and reminders, and view information about their medications in the Health app. The Medications app on the Apple Watch allows users to conveniently and discreetly track their medications anytime, anywherethe Cupertino tech giant announced at WWDC this week.
The new Medications app will allow users to add any medications they are taking, either by scanning a medication bottle label or searching through a medication list.
Unfortunately, some capabilities will only be available to Apple Watch owners in the United States, including information about possible interactions between drugs added to the app. “Custom schedules can be created for each medication whether it needs to be taken multiple times a day, once a week, or as needed, and users can set reminders to help them stay on track“. In the United States, users can receive an alert in the event of potential critical interactions with the drugs they have added to the Health app, said Apple.
While watchOS 9 is already available for testing for registered developers, the public beta should not go live until July. As for the production launch, it should take place at some point in September for the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer.
watchOS 9 also includes upgrades to sleep functionality, which the company says can now track when users are in different stages of sleep, such as REM or deep sleep. Other new health features that could be on the horizon include a temperature sensor on the Apple Watch, which could be used for fertility tracking.