Reported Issues Led Apple to Temporarily Remove Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App

Reported Issues Led Apple to Temporarily Remove Blood Glucose Tracking from Health App

Apple has reported that it will temporarily a feature from its Health App that track blood glucose levels, “after it emerged the app was not compatible with standard measurements used in the UK and Australia” according to news from report by Cnet on Wednesday. This update will remove the ability for persons to enter and monitor their blood glucose level in the Health App.

This is very bad news for diabetics who had been counting on Apple’s Health app to monitor their blood glucose level. The ability to monitor blood glucose level is very important in managing diabetes and hypoglycaemia as it allows patients to monitor insulin levels and food intake to prevent potentially dangerous blood sugar fluctuations. Currently the Health App keeps track of blood glucose levels that are produced by a third party machine. Apple Health App is also use for displaying and tracking various health metrics such as calories burned, heart rate, cholesterol and was introduced in iOS 8.

According to Apple in a Support Post on the issue said that they be releasing a software update soon as to prevent confusion in countries where mmol/L is commonly used. This update “will temporarily remove the ability to manually enter and view blood glucose values in the Health app while we work on an update to support both units of measurement” Apple reported. The issue resulted from the differences between measurement standards used in the United States and other countries. For example, in the U.S., glucose is measured in mg/dL (milligrams per decilitre) while in the UK and Australia, the blood glucose is measured in mmol/L (millimoles per litre). Apple found a bug in the HealthKit framework that prevents users in the United Kingdom and Australia from manually entering blood sugar levels taken from an external device using millimoles per litre (mmol/L) measurements used in these and other countries.

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This is because Health in iOS 8 only supports blood glucose values in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or millimoles per liter (mmol/L).
The company also said in their Support posts that, “If you have previously entered values manually in the Health app, you’ll no longer see this data in the Health app after the update. However, your data won’t be deleted, and other apps with permission to read health data will still have access to blood glucose values that you previously entered.”

This new development, however will not affect third-party apps will continue to be able to support both units of measurement, and will be able to continue using HealthKit APIs to store blood glucose data.

According to a report by Business Insider, this is not the first time Apple Health App is facing a set-back. When had Apple released IOS 8 they had to remove the HealthKit functionality from the Health App as they had discovered a bug, this resulted in all apps using HealthKit being pulled from the App Store. Apple eventually released iOS 8.0.1 with fixes for HealthKit, and once again allowed HealthKit-enabled apps to be on the App Store.

When this issue will be fix is currently not known. One thing is certain is that when Apple has made the necessary fix they will send out an update to reinstate the monitoring of glucose readings on the app., of course will keep you up to date on any changes. To stay up to date please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please share this post by clicking the share button below and please leave a comment in the comment box below