October 17, 2014
Apple, one among the top electronic and IOS manufactures, thriving with jaw dropping technology, has initiated its plan and set its play with health care domain in its recent release of new iOS 8 operating system.
Apple’s Health App
Apple’s new Health App retrieves health data from other health and wellness apps and provides the consolidated health information in its astonishing Health App’s Dashboard.
The third party health and wellness apps collects data like calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin intake and even vitals like heart rate and blood pressure. Apple’s HealthKit Platform incorporates these health and wellness data into Health App. As of now, more than 20 health and wellness apps are integrated with Health App.
The user’s health and fitness information is made to be accessible from one common easy to access spot. This is further likely to be integrated with Apple’s next innovative gadget, iWatch.
On top of it, Health App also creates an Emergency Card which displays important health information like blood type and allergies. It is directly accessible from the lock screen in case of any emergency.
Apple’s Developer’s Toolkit (HealthKit) also helps in integrating the Health App with other mobile apps like EHR Apps, Telehealth apps, etc. This is really a new dimension of sharing the patient’s data with the doctors for better examination and improved healthcare.
Security and Privacy
Syncing the health information in iCloud with all providers accessible from the cloud, lead to a question if the health information could be accessed by all.
The real answer is ‘No’ bringing a relief to customers with such a question. The data synced in iCloud is encrypted soon as the user locks the device using touch ID or a passcode.
Apple’s Healthkit gives you the entire control on apps that could access your health information making you responsible to whom you wish to share your data with. Hence it is user’s responsibility to choose whom the health data needs to be shared.
Apple’s Health App- A disruptive innovation with Electronic Healthcare domain
EHR Patient Portal Apps enable the patients to access their health information and communicate with their healthcare providers.
Telehealth, one of the top Health trend for 2014, provides healthcare services in a click of a button anyplace anytime.
Apple’s HealthKit will create a new dimension in the EHR and in the Telehealth Space. It acts as a middle man and transfers the required health and wellness data acquired (from wellness apps) to the other healthcare mobile applications like EHR Patient Portal Apps and Telehealth Patient Apps.
Recently, Epic’s Patient Portal App, MyChart is integrated with Apple’s Health App. The Health App updates the patient’s health information to MyChart and this is synced with Epic.
Carl Dvorak, President of Epic in an email says that “Apple’s HealthKit has tremendous potential to help close the gap between consumer collected data and data collected in traditional healthcare settings”.
American Well has also integrated Apple’s Health App with its Telehealth App, Amwell.
Retrieving the required health metrics for a patient, depending upon the health condition would be a real challenge. Only the necessary wellness apps data could be made to sync with Health App.
Thanks... to Apple’s Major disruptive innovations in Health care.