1. surfacedude's Avatar
    so a friend showed me the apple health on their iphone today. microsoft has some catching up to do. seeing the apple app made me wonder why basic things like being able to journal blood pressure readings or blood sugar readings aren't already built into one of the microsoft health apps. i also thought it was pretty coop that the apple app can tell the difference between walking and going up stairs.

    anyway, anyone know when the next major update will be released? anything before 10 is released?
    05-21-2015 09:26 PM
  2. gadgetrants's Avatar
    Thought I'd mention (you may already know!) that Microsoft's HealthVault is quite versatile, and includes things like BP and blood sugar (and also menstruation, which I haven't figured out how to work yet! LOL). Some of your Band data flow (oops, I made a pun) into the HealthVault (you have to sign in and link them first), including your steps, exercise, and sleep data. Admittedly, it's more a repository than an "intelligent insights" type of website, and there isn't a phone app, but it's not bad. (I understand it's "true" purpose is a warehouse for all your personal medical/health data.)

    -Matt
    Last edited by gadgetrants; 05-22-2015 at 09:53 AM.
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    05-22-2015 07:37 AM
  3. defante's Avatar
    I'm not sure if there is a MS HealthVault app on iOS or Android, but there is a Windows Phone app. True that it is basically a repository for all things health related. The website even lets you import records and lab results from your doctor provided they export their data in the correct format.
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    05-22-2015 08:53 AM
  4. gadgetrants's Avatar
    Here's how it looks from my corner of the universe:

    - Health app: runs on all three phone platforms
    - Health Dashboard: webpage, detailed Band data + "insights"
    - HealthVault*: webpage, takes some Band data, general depot for health/medical data
    - MS Health and Fitness: Windows (and WinPhone?) app, not connected to the other three (afaik)

    *EDIT: HEY, just took a peek and YES it looks like there's a phone app version of HealthVault for iOS and WinPhone. Guess us Android guys got left out in the cold!

    I've seen widespread complaints that H&F is NOT integrated with the rest of the health ecosystem, though of the four components, it seems to have the best nutrition/food database. I've also seen speculation here that MS might kill it -- it seems unlikely that they will eventually make it work with the other three (which is stupid, no?).

    ​-Matt
    Last edited by gadgetrants; 05-22-2015 at 09:50 AM.
    05-22-2015 09:21 AM
  5. Nate Silver's Avatar
    Here's how it looks from my corner of the universe:

    - Health app: runs on all three phone platforms
    - Health Dashboard*: webpage, detailed Band data + "insights"
    - HealthVault: webpage, takes some Band data, general depot for health/medical data
    - MS Health and Fitness: Windows (and WinPhone?) app, not connected to the other three (afaik)

    *EDIT: HEY, just took a peek and YES it looks like there's a phone app version of HealthVault for iOS and WinPhone. Guess us Android guys got left out in the cold!

    I've seen widespread complaints that H&F is NOT integrated with the rest of the health ecosystem, though of the four components, it seems to have the best nutrition/food database. I've also seen speculation here that MS might kill it -- it seems unlikely that they will eventually make it work with the other three (which is stupid, no?).

    ​-Matt
    It would really be nice if MS would unify all these into one entity. The fragmentation seems so unnecessary.........well, I guess I can sort of understand keeping HealthVault separate since it is meant to be a sort of repository and interface between you and your health provider(s). But at a minimum, bringing the Health web dashboard and MS Health and Fitness together would sure make for a powerful tool!
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    05-22-2015 09:32 AM
  6. anon(5335899)'s Avatar
    "
    i also thought it was pretty coop that the apple app can tell the difference between walking and going up stairs.
    "

    ​Not really, walk around in an elevator going up and it thinks you are going up stairs
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    05-22-2015 09:55 AM
  7. gadgetrants's Avatar
    "
    i also thought it was pretty coop that the apple app can tell the difference between walking and going up stairs.
    "

    ​Not really, walk around in an elevator going up and it thinks you are going up stairs
    LOL I want to do that just to see the strange looks I'd get! Does that mean you actually tried it?

    -Matt
    05-22-2015 09:58 AM
  8. surfacedude's Avatar
    Thought I'd mention (you may already know!) that Microsoft's HealthVault is quite versatile, and includes things like BP and blood sugar (and also menstruation, which I haven't figured out how to work yet! LOL). Some of your Band data flow (oops, I made a pun) into the HealthVault (you have to sign in and link them first), including your steps, exercise, and sleep data. Admittedly, it's more a repository than an "intelligent insights" type of website, and there isn't a phone app, but it's not bad. (I understand it's "true" purpose is a warehouse for all your personal medical/health data.)

    -Matt
    i've looked at healthvault before, but not in awhile. will revisit it today, thanks!
    05-23-2015 09:47 AM
  9. surfacedude's Avatar
    "
    i also thought it was pretty coop that the apple app can tell the difference between walking and going up stairs.
    "

    ​Not really, walk around in an elevator going up and it thinks you are going up stairs
    but it will also track you when actually going up actual stairs, which *is* pretty cool. my microsoft band is pretty cool, but it does lots of glitchy stuff...i still think it's pretty cool, though.
    05-23-2015 09:50 AM

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