AT&T has introduced its ForHealth
service at MWC in Barcelona. Led by the mobile app of the same name, AT&T's service will be a place for all of your fitness and health data to be stored and analyzed. The app will also provide you with a warning and give you recommendations based on the data. As an example, AT&T's Internet of Things chief Chris Penrose points to a situation where ForHealth might crunch the data and send you a note stating that you run more on days following a sleep of more than six hours. Knowing this connection, you might go to sleep earlier the day before you have a run planned.
AT&T says that its mission with ForHealth is to make checking your health an everyday affair, similar to checking your email or looking up the weather. Unlike Apple's HealthKit, which works only with iOS devices, AT&T's For Health will aggregate data from devices that run on all platforms, including most wearable devices and fitness apps. The carrier also added that ForHealth will be available to customers of rival mobile operators T-Mobile and Sprint.
AT&T's ForHealth "seamlessly aggregates data from different apps and devices and provides users with personal insights and correlations that are actionable to improve their health. For example, the platform can analyze your sleep and exercise patterns and tell you: 'You run farther on days you've slept more than six hours.' With this information, you can adjust your sleep schedule to get the most out of your workout."-Chris Penrose, Head of Internet of Things, AT&T
ForHealth will be available starting in the second quarter of 2015. AT&T partnered with activities tracker Tictrac to develop the system.