Apple still trying to secure deals with health providers in leadup to Healthkit launch

Apple still trying to secure deals with health providers in leadup to Healthkit launch
Apple has big plans for Healthkit. Unlike so many other health and fitness tracking systems that exist on mobile or are planned, Apple's Healthkit aims to be able to share your health data directly with your doctors. The idea is that if anything out of the ordinary pops up in the data, your doctors should know as soon as possible, in case action is needed. Of course, this means Apple needs to make deals with health providers before Healthkit is released.

The assumption is that iOS 8 and Healthkit will be released in September, which means Apple only has a bit over one month to get these deals done. At the WWDC announcement of Healthkit, Apple said that it had made a deal with the Mayo Clinic; and, a new report says that Apple is still in talks with Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins medical centers, as well as with electronic health records provider Allscripts. 

There is no word on how far along most of those talks have progressed, because Mount Sinai, Johns Hopkins, and Allscripts representatives have declined to comment on the report from Reuters. However, the Cleveland Clinic has said that its clinical solutions team is experimenting with HealthKit's beta. Doctors around the country are interested in finding ways to leverage data gathered by all of the quantified self products on the market, but it seems that few are convinced that Healthkit is the solution. 

source: Reuters

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14 Comments

1. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I would think that this is a good start at least for patients because of the rising cost of health care. Most people have high deductible unless there on some kind of State or Government plan.

6. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If this written on the article is true, THIS IS THE BIGGEST BS "magic" that could be invented. Apple get more and more pathetic in their helplessness. ROTFL

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The hurdle that Apple has to overcome is the patient privacy protections of HIPPA. Sign-ups haven't progressed as quickly as Apple wants due to serious concerns about HIPPA from the provider community. It is one thing when patient records are under the control and custody of the health care provider. It is an entirely different matter when the records are under the control and custody of a third party (Apple).

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I like what's being done by both Apple and Google... I actually would like to see some sort of collaboration between the two to make a uniform system or standard. But egos and the all mighty dollar keep getting in the way of cooperation.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No thanks. I have a clean bill of health but I don't want google to have any more info on me than they already do.

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What's the big deal? It's only an Email address. It's not your data.?

10. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's Google. Anything that isn't Apple, he hates instinctively. He can't help it. But it goes deeper with Google, because Android is chosen by many more people, Google has been found to be more innovative by companies that rank corporations, the stock is doing better, etc...

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

In this case, though, Mxyzptlk is absolutely correct. Putting health information into the hands of amoral corporations like Google and Apple whose only motive is to maximize profits is the beginning of a story that ends very very badly.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I agree, I wouldn't want any of those companies to have that kind of information. But did he mention Apple as well? He only said that he doesn't want Google to have this information.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I like what's being done by both Apple and Google... I actually would like to see some sort of collaboration between the two to make a uniform system or standard." Maybe Apple and Google can actually do something that contributes to society as a whole rather than just making a few rich people richer? Co-opting the medical and health information of the populace using the smartphone as a platform for disruption is not beneficial to most people in the world.

3. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

They have to do it in US, because there is no way to explain this kind of investment with the low marketshare they have...

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Apple could always donate a few billion to some medical causes to spur things along. However, I hope they don't buy others out of same potential to access information in the medical world, or share it. Apple is bad for that crap.

7. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This is the most iPathetic article I've ever seen. Kudos to PA , they top all other menial media. LOL Now,- where is the next basing Samsung article. We can't wait.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This could be a good thing, but there are serious privacy concerns. I'll be interested to see how they mitigate them.

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