HealthKit is an upcoming feature in iOS 8 which will allow apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with the new Health app and with each other. Thus, a user’s health information is stored in a centralized and secure location and the user decides which data should be shared with your app. And now it seems that Apple is getting serious about extending this feature to more health care providers.
After having already struck a partnership with the Mayo Clinic, Apple has reportedly discussed the health data tracking software with Mount Sinai and Johns Hopkins among others, according to a recent report coming from Reuters. Here are some more details:
Apple said that many medical institutions had already signed on as partners, and probably their names will be disclosed at the unveiling of the next iPhone. Forrester Research's health care analyst Skip Snow, said the following:
"Apple is going into this space with a data play. They want to be a hub of health data."
However, HealthKit could face problems related to the privacy and regulatory requirements and many decades-old IT systems, according to Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT, a Washington-based organization that represents mobile app developers:
"Everybody is knocking on the door,. But I doubt that HealthKit will merge with all the existing systems."
Brian Gardner, an expert in mobile research and development, said many physicians are thinking about how to leverage patient-generated data from apps and devices.
"Apple has engaged with some of the most important players in this space. Platforms like HealthKit are infusing the market with a lot of new ideas and making it easier for creative people to build for health care."
What's your take on HealthKit? Do you see it as an useful feature or not?