Apple has made a lot of news in the past few months when talking about the possibilities that will come with their new HealthKit App, but now they are putting a lot of weight behind it and working to convince major health care providers in the United States to start using it in order to consolidate data and store it more easily.
iOS 8 and the HealthKit App are still not due to be released until the Fall of 2014, although they are working hard to get it attention. According to Reuters they are in talks with the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Mount Sinai, among others. The sell comes in the form of making it easier than ever for them to store their patient’s data and give them better care than would be previously possible.
They are already working with the Mayo Clinic to test out ways to flag patients that have abnormal readings after care. They can then keep track of patents in new ways that Apple is hoping to champion.
This is a big time for the health tech industry, which has been booming for years. Apple wants to get in on it and work to solve the drastic costs and inefficiencies that are currently a part of the health care system. Patients as well have a deep interest in tracking their own health, which is evident from the popularity of things like Jawbone and Fuelband. With Apple’s touch, however, they can hope to takeover in a major way.
Source: Apple Balla