iPhone Is it just me or does "HealthKit" seem like another unnecessary gimmicky feature?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by TH55, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    Don't get me wrong, the overall presentation of iOS 8 went well and it looks to be a step in the right direction. I just couldn't help be reminded of the announcement of Siri and "Touch ID" as features that were cool but that no one had asked for or really needed, and amidst the extreme disappointment in the absence of much more highly anticipated and requested features seemed pretty useless and a waste of engineering effort.
  2. StonewallBrown macrumors regular


    Mar 25, 2013
    It depends on personal point of views. From my perspective, it's a much wanted feature. I have diabetes, so I do not see it as useless. The ability to quickly see blood sugars, all my meds and dosages, in one place is a super feature. Add to that, the ability of an emergency professional to quickly access that info from my lock screen, if I'm incapacitated, might be a life saving feature. Not all features are for everyone.
  3. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    It'll probably be more useful once the iWatch is out.
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I think you're right about one thing, consumers don't know what they want out of tech until someone shows the way. Healthkit may not be wildfire for average consumers, but pairing with the medical field to give the system a long needed boot in the ass to join us in the 21st century is going to set off very interesting developments.
  5. me43 macrumors member

    May 11, 2011
    Currently I don't see a whole lot of use for this feature as it just incorporates data from other apps and it's likely that nobody actually uses enough apps to fill up more than 1 or 2 categories(or has the hardware to do so). However if a rumored iwatch comes out it will probably keep track of all the categories and it will become a much more appealing feature.
  6. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    No healthkit on iOS 8 beta 1 for iPad 3. It doesn't even have the hardware required to talk to an "iHealth" bluetooth device.
  7. coffeemadmanUK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    United Kingdom
    As it currently stands, does it pull information from any apps? Not a criticism just want to see if I can see an example.
  8. ben123456 macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2012
    Don't think so. I could be wrong here though
  9. Mortalias macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's because we haven't seen the corresponding hardware that will make full use of it yet ;)
  10. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Pretty sure it's iPhone only.
  11. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    The emergency contacts feature and the fact that it can display allergies are clearly very useful features for a lot of people.

    I have a Penicillin allergy.
  12. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    While I agree with this completely, as well as HealthKit having the ability to keep record of any health records that may be required at any time (e.g., child's immunization records, allergies, etc.), the big concern I see this having is storage of this information, relative to HIPAA.

    Where is the information going to be stored? the mac? the iPhone/iPad? iCloud? If so, Apple may have put themselves in the same position as any insurance company, making them bound by HIPAA. I don't think many people take into account what happens when such a data breach occurs with healthcare records, and how much damage that can cause. Having worked for a state's Medicaid program where a breach did occur, millions (yes, millions) of letters had to go out disclosing the breach, what was taken, etc., and what actions have been taken to mitigate it.

    I hope Apple, and everyone who uses HealthKit (myself included) take that into account when they start to put in their data, because the violations of it are serious.


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