The writing has been on the wall for some time now that Apple will soon make healthcare a bigger part of its business model.
Following the company’s introduction of HealthKit at June’s WWDC 2014, all signs have poised to Apple cultivating the close ties that healthcare and mobile technology have already forged.
HealthKit is a new app bundled with iOS 8 that’s geared toward fitness and tracking apps and other mHealth solutions.
This week, Reuters revealed that Apple is now actively engaged in talks with some of the world’s top healthcare providers.
“Apple Inc has been discussing how its ‘HealthKit’ service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems,” unnamed sources apprised of the situation are quoted by Reuters.
Although we know HealthKit is coming, it remains to be seen just how quickly the healthcare IT space will embrace Apple’s latest efforts. But Apple appears confident that HealthKit has something wonderful to offer users. If the healthcare industry agrees, this could be very, very good for Apple.