San Francisco – As expected by many, Apple just jumped into the health-information business as it launches a new health app. This new application called Health will collect several information of user’s body metrics, including heart rate, blood pressure, stats on diet and exercise. Over the last few years, dozens of apps have emerged to help users track their health activity and get more in shape. However, Apple launched something way beyond. Apple is actually planning to integrate this app with real medical care personas.
Even more, the app will constantly monitor key health metrics like blood pressure or blood sugar, and if any of these metrics begin to move outside the normal, healthy range, this application known as Health will send a notification to the user’s doctor or medical care.
But that’s not all. Apple also announced a cloud-based health-information system. Namely, this application will share the collected information on a new cloud-based platform called HealthKit. This cloud-based platform acts as a global repository as it saves users’ health information. It will not only collect data from the Health app, but also from other third-party devices and even other applications. For instance, many companies are now working to make its fitness apps integrate with the HealthKid cloud-based platform.
Even more, Apple did not forget to get in the health care system to participate in this cloud-based platform. That said, Apple worked with doctors at the Mayo Clinic to develop ways for health care providers to access, add and edit patient information in Health Kit.
Although Apple was very brief in discussing HealthKit platform, there were some key points that Apple made and that easily illustrate the HealthKit platform is a big deal – in fact, it may end up being a way bigger deal than Samsung’s Simband.
Namely, Samsung announced its own mobile-based health platform known as Simband that integrates an array of tracking sensors to deliver vital sign monitoring and tracking.
Like Samsung, Apple’s iOS developers are building a platform rather than a full-featured health solution. That said, Apple is not trying to build a complete solution, but rather it provides developers and hardware manufacturers with a way for their new products and apps to exchange and collect data.
In short, devices and applications designed to track body and health metrics can feed data into the Health app and the APIs allow developers to send data to other applications – that means several tools can work in tandem.
A very good example of this would be a tracking app for fitness activity that identifies calories burned, which further could output a nutrition or diet to respond with a suggest calorie intake, or simply it could recommend specific foods, eventually foods from restaurants or recipes.
That’s why particularly appealing about this application and its two-way communication, however, is that it enables consumer-appealing tracking tools to provide information to clinical applications, when can then further act on that particular information.
Finally, as the application is approved by one of the most respected healthcare organizations in the country, the Mayo Clinic, we believe Apple’s HealthKit platform may revolutionize how the health industry actually interacts with people.