Apple is looking for more healthcare partners ahead of HealthKit launch

When Apple announced HealthKit in June as its first big step into the health and fitness space, the company emphasized the need for developers to connect their apps and its data to its hub. Although HealthKit will pull in data from other third-party app, such as Nike, when it launches on iOS 8 this fall, Apple isn’t just waiting around for developers to build on the platform. According to a Reuters report, the company is trying to work with health providers at Mount Sinai Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and electronics health records provider AllScripts.

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, people familiar with the discussions said. While the talks may not amount to anything concrete, they underscore how Apple is intent on making health data, such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, available for consumers and health providers to view in one place. Currently, this data is being collected by thousands of third-party health care software applications and medical devices, but it isn’t centrally stored. Apple also hopes physicians will use this data to better monitor patients between visits – with the patient’s consent — so the doctors can make better diagnostic and treatment decisions. Apple has not divulged much specific detail on HealthKit, which is expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September. But Apple intends HealthKit to become a lynchpin in a broader push into mobile healthcare — a fertile field that rivals Google and Samsung are also exploring.

By Carl Durrek

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food.

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