Health App Gains New 'Symptoms' Section in iOS 13.6 Beta
In the new iOS 13.6 beta released today, the Health app has gained a new "Symptoms" section that wasn't available in previous versions of iOS.
The section appears to allow users to add symptoms of various illnesses like body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea, and more.
Health app users are able to add symptom data through the Health app by tapping on the "Add Data" option, providing a way to track and log various illness-related symptoms over time.
Each symptom listed in the app comes with a description and the entry options vary based on the symptom in question, with options to add details like Severe, Moderate, Mild, Present, or Not Present.
The Health app previously had options for logging symptoms related to menstruation for the menstruation tracking feature, but this general symptoms feature is more extensive and will presumably allow patients to share more detailed health information with their doctors.
Steve Moser contributed to this report.
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Health on an iPad makes sense to me. It's not as critical as having it on the phone, but it's quite useful. Its bigger screen makes for nicer space to show charts and analytics. You can also hand your iPad over to a doctor, therapist, etc. to temporarily show some data, in a way that doesn't quite feel right for an iPhone.
Personally, I'd also like it on the Mac — let me use e.g. Numbers to further explore the data.