Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Apple iOS 8 will include a Health app and HealthKit

Samsung isn't the only smartphone maker that's investing heavily in health apps and wearable devices. Apple has introduced iOS 8 and when it launches later this year, it's going to include a Health app and a HealthKit that will allow patients to link and sync their health data. This may link personal health records (PHRs) from electronic health records (EHRs). It may link data from wearable fitness tracking gadgets like Fitbit, Nike, Jawbone, etc. It may link data from fitness apps like MapMyRun, Strava, and others. It may link with other health apps such as pill reminders, medication alerts, and others. Your weight, heart rate, fitness data, and all your other biometrics will live on a single platform that's powered by the iOS Health app. So, whether you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you could choose to track that information on your iPhone.

HealthKit Certified. APIs will need to go through the process of keeping up with the stringent requirements to protect sensitive health data and meet HIPAA requirements. Data security. Encryption. Privacy.

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