Apple In Talks to Roll Out HealthKit to Medical Professionals Across U.S.

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is preparing to roll out its Healthkit development tools to health professionals across the U.S., and has been discussions with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Allscripts to use the new system, reports Reuters.

    Apple is said to be pushing Healthkit and its Health app as being an all-in-one solution for medical professionals to store patient data like blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Apple is also hoping that physicians will use the available data to improve diagnostics and treatment decisions. The company is also looking to partner with electronic health records provider Epic Systems to integrate its software and services.

    The article notes that Apple is likely to face challenges in the mobile health data field due to privacy and regulatory requirements. Apple's Health app and Healthkit development tools were originally introduced at this year's WWDC conference this past July. The Health app allows users to keep track and input several different health metrics measured by various devices, and can also allow an at-a-glance view of overall health with the aggregated data. The HealthKit tool for developers can be incorporated into health and fitness apps to access health data stored within the health app.

    Both Health and HealthKit will be shipping as a part of Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system this fall.

    Article Link: Apple In Talks to Roll Out HealthKit to Medical Professionals Across U.S.
  2. macrumors member

    May 8, 2011
    This could revolutionize health care.
    Think of the best case
  3. PocketSand11, Aug 11, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 12, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    This will either be a huge success or a total flop.
  4. Carlanga, Aug 11, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 12, 2014

    macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    Wonder if they will do an open sign up. I hope so.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2010
    I work in the medical field and it needs a company like apple to revolutionize some aspects of health care. Most systems are cumbersome and get in the way of health care professionals.

    Let's hope apple can make a big difference and encourage others to do the same
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    Big data...for health?
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2014
    This would be great for the NHS in the UK as well
  8. macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2012

    It would but I cant see Apple taking the effort to integrate to the Spine over the N3 with some pretty disparate systems still sitting over it. We haven't a good history in large scale integrations in the UK....
  9. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
    Very interested to see how Apple handles all this with the iphone and watch.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2003
    London / Stockholm / Under your bed
    Medical specialists will claim that that GUI will cause epilepsy.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2012
    I feel like the people who would benefit from having health monitorered are already monitoring it with their own apps or third party equipment.

    The main metrics that need to be monitored are food intake, exercise and blood pressure all of which are hard to do or tedious. It's a shame this will be a flop and another app that will never get used.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    That would be a good move but will it be good enough for professionals?
  13. macrumors 68020


    Feb 22, 2008
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Your understanding of the point of care diagnostics market is flawed and your prediction is based on nothing but your personal feeling. A great way to predict what will happen!

    I'm a bit surprised because your other posts usually demonstrate or present insight..
  14. macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    I've mixed feelings about this. Of course, nothing wrong with providing equipment for doctors and patients in order to provide a 'better' life in the long run but I'm still worried about one single important aspect: security....

    I'm not naive, within a few decades more people will have (*) camera's in-house which can remotely be monitored from it's users, robots which are able to do many things with the use of remotely given assignments, and healthcare kits that will monitor the owner his or her health, viewable for the owner and the doctors if required.
    But all that "ooh's and aaah what wonderful" comes with a risk. The risk that someone his or her private life will be viewable by people who are not supposed to have this privilege. This is no paranoia speaking but rather dry reality when you think of all the computers being hacked on daily basis.
    It's not a question if a hacker or a company or some country authority with the excuse of national security will be able the gather information that goes beyond the worthless nonsens people put on Facebook as a daily routine but rather 'when'. This involves being able to have a look inside someone's his or her house, or the ability to determine one his or her physical condition. And once all that information is out of the street there is no turning back from it...

    In other words, yes, this will probably makes things go different, something I already knew that would happen, but it isn't necessary always a good thing.

    (*) those who can afford it so not the poor.
  15. macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2003
    I hope it doesn’t rely on iCloud for syncing and data integrity.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    That's the first thing I said when I met my current wife. :apple:
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    Lives could be at stake this time. Maybe it would encourage Apple to clean up their act with iCloud if it did that. I like what iCloud does but not how it works.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2012
    Carrots contain caffeine?
  19. macrumors 68000

    Jan 5, 2012
    I wonder if it will come to the UK on the NHS...
  20. macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    Only if you dip it in coffee
  21. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2005
    British Columbia
    None profit socialized medicine like NHS, and any other health system around the world where profit is not the first & foremost part of the equation will not see HealthKit any time soon.
  22. macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Well, aren't you an optimistic one!

    If there's a company who CAN make this happen, it's Apple. Time will tell.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Apple really needs to rethink it. Thin white text on a lime green gradient background is terrible.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2011
    Can't be any worse than the £10bn we wasted on the patient records system that at no point was ever fit for purpose.........
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2010
    Maybe they will. Health kit is great for prevention and management.

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