On Monday, Apple proved the rumor mill right when it took the wraps off of its long-anticipated plans to make mHealth a higher priority for the company, its customers and growing army of app developers.
Apple used WWDC 2014 as the stage to showcase “HealthKit,” a new app bundled with iOS 8 that focuses on fitness and tracking solutions while unlocking almost limitless potential for added convenience from today’s leading mobile health services.
This platform provides what Apple calls an easily accessible hub that enables iPhone users to monitor any health metrics they choose.
iOS 8 offers developers robust frameworks including HealthKit APIs that provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, your blood pressure app could share its data with a physician app, such as the Mayo Clinic app, so your doctor can provide high-quality guidance and care.
Apple revealed Monday that it will partner with the Mayo Clinic, among other leading health organizations, in order to give healthcare providers authorized access to patient information as well as facilitate secure communications with patients.
“We believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people,” Dr. John Noseworthy, Mayo Clinic president and CEO, is quoted in a formal statement provided by Apple. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app.”
Apple’s SVP Craig Federighi says the essential value of HealthKit is that it helps to mitigate the redundancy of having to manually maintain and monitor a multitude of health information across many different health applications. HealthKit engenders a more “centralized experience” by pulling data from an assortment of third-party apps. Nike, for example, is already on board and other leading makers of fitness tracking apps and solutions are expected to participate.