The iOS 16 Health App Features That Will Save Lives

Apple is adding Medications, a Health-app feature that will help users keep tabs on their medications, including potential interactions.

If you take prescription medications, you know the struggle. It's way too easy to forget to take your pills or call in a refill to the pharmacy. Apple is here to help with the new medication-tracking features coming with iOS 16.

The Medications feature allows users to track their prescriptions, vitamins, and supplements by creating medication lists, schedules, and reminders. You'll even be able to enter medications by scanning your pill-bottle labels if you live in the United States (a feature that will expand to other countries in the future).

What's more, you'll receive alerts if there's a potential interaction between medications or substances like alcohol. You'll also be able to invite family and friends to share their Health data with you or accept an invitation to share your data with others. Sharing Health app data with medical professionals will be easier than ever before, as well, because iOS 16 allows users to create a PDF of Health records from connected health care providers.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.