Apple To Open Health Records API For Developers This Fall

Posted: Jun 8 2018, 9:03am CDT | by , in News | Apple

 
Apple to Open Health Records API for Developers This Fall

Apple presents a Health Care Update at its WWDC Event

Apple peppered its WWDC event with all sorts of announcements. The latest on the health news from the high tech firm was not very noteworthy as far as its significance is concerned. Yet one small detail stood out from the rest.

Beginning in the fall of this year, Apple will be introducing health record information to third-party iOS apps. This will be possible thanks to a novel API. The facility will allow consumers to share facts about health from hundreds of hospitals and clinics with third-party apps.

There have been a series of calls for what all this sharing will lead to. That is because the information is of a potent nature and ought to be handled with care. Apple is paying attention to the voices that call for greater care.

Firstly, any personal data won’t be displayed in the public’s view. If anyone wants to allow such a thing though that is his or her choice. Even the health record is in a disguised secret code form. When consumers share their personal details, the data goes from HealthKit to a third party app and is not sent directly to Apple’s servers.

As for special applications, medication tracking is a particular case that needs to be pointed out. Medisafe will be the very first user of such information. Physician prescriptions and memos will be brought in without the entry of that information into the app.

Then there is disease management which is a separate field where all this will be applicable. Broadly speaking, medical research efforts will get a boost from this novel proposal by Apple.

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