This information explains how to set up your iHealth pulse oximeter at home.Back to top
About the iHealth Pulse Oximeter
The iHealth pulse oximeter is a device you place on your finger. It measures your blood oxygen level (how much oxygen is in your blood) and pulse rate (how fast your heart is beating). These measurements show how well oxygen is getting to different areas of your body.
The iHealth pulse oximeter records your results in your iHealth account. Linking your iHealth account to your MyMSK (MSK patient portal) account lets it automatically send your results to your MSK healthcare provider. This will help them keep track of your blood oxygen level and pulse rate and make decisions about your care while you’re at home.
If you don’t already have the MyMSK and iHealth MyVitals applications (apps) on your smart device (smartphone or tablet), download them now.Back to top
How to Connect Your iHealth Account to Your MyMSK Account
- Open the MyMSK app. Tap the app on your smart device (see Figure 1) and log in (see Figure 2).
- View your messages. Tap the three bars on the upper left corner to show the menu. Then, tap Messages (see Figure 3).
- Open the message about linking your device. Tap the message from “iHealth Pulse Oximeter Invite” with the subject line “Follow the link to sync your device and share data” (see Figure 4). Then, tap the “iHealth” link in the body of the message (see Figure 5).
- Sign in or create an iHealth account. The link will bring you to the iHealth login page (see Figure 6). This is different from your MyMSK login.
- If you don’t have an iHealth account, tap “Create Account” and follow the steps to make one.
- If you already have an iHealth account, log in with the email and password you used when creating the account.
Your iHealth account is now linked to your MyMSK account. You can close the MyMSK app.Back to top
How To Connect the iHealth Pulse Oximeter to Your iHealth Account
Before you start, make sure that:
- The iHealth pulse oximeter has been charged. The battery indicator on the device will turn off when it’s fully charged.
- Your smart device has Bluetooth turned on.
- The iHealth MyVitals app has been granted access to use Bluetooth.
If you’re not sure how to do these things, call MSK’s COVID-19 Management Program at 914-367-7940.
- Open the iHealth MyVitals app. Tap the app on your smart device (see Figure 8). If needed, log in using the email and password you used when creating the account (see Figure 9).
- Choose a device to add. Once logged in, the app will prompt you to select a new device to connect. Tap “Pulse Oximeter” (see Figure 10).
- Make sure the pulse oximeter is turned on and charged. If needed, press the button on the pulse oximeter to turn it on. Then, tap “Next” at the bottom of the screen (see Figure 11).
- Connect the pulse oximeter. A pop-up with the pulse oximeter’s serial number will appear (see Figure 12). Tap the serial number. The app will start connecting to the pulse oximeter (see Figure 13). After a few seconds, the app will confirm the pulse oximeter is connected and ready to use (see Figure 14).
The iHealth pulse oximeter is now connected to your iHealth account. You can close the iHealth MyVitals app.Back to top
How to Use Your iHealth Pulse Oximeter
You’ll use the iHealth MyVitals app when you use your iHealth pulse oximeter. You don’t need to sign into your MyMSK account.
For instructions for using your iHealth Pulse Oximeter, read the resource How to Use Your iHealth® Pulse Oximeter.Back to top
If you need help with your iHealth Pulse Oximeter device, call MSK’s COVID-19 Management Program at 914-367-7940. Call the COVID-19 Management Program right away if:
- You have trouble breathing when you’re resting.
- You have trouble breathing when you walk short distances. An example of a short distance is walking from one room to another, about 25 feet (7.6 meters).
- You’re getting chemotherapy and have a new fever of 100.4 °F (38 °C) or higher.
- You have a fever of 102 °F (38.9 °C) or higher that lasts for 24 hours and doesn’t get better after you take acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
- You have blood in your sputum (mucus that you cough up).
- You have chest pain.
- You have a very bad headache.