Apple in talks with leading medics on HealthKit roll-out
Published 13/08/2014 | 02:30
Apple has been in discussions about how its HealthKit service could work with health providers at top US medical centres Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, as well as with Allscripts - a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems.
While the talks may not amount to anything concrete, they underscore how Apple is intent on making health data, such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, available for consumers and health providers to view in one place. The data is currently collected by thousands of third-party healthcare software applications and medical devices, but it isn't centrally stored. Apple also hopes physicians will use this data to better monitor patients between visits - with the patient's consent - so the doctors can make better diagnostic and treatment decisions.
Apple has not divulged much specific detail on HealthKit, which is expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September. But it intends HealthKit to become a lynchpin in a broader push into mobile healthcare. (Reuters)