Apple HealthKit

By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2017
While it may or may not be working on a secret glucose wearable, Apple has definitely upgraded its HealthKit app framework to provide more tracking options for people with diabetes. In addition, the company made some other upgrades to both the HealthKit and ResearchKit frameworks. Apple engineers shared these updates at WWDC earlier this month. “Our users love using Apple products to help manage...
By Heather Mack August 22, 2016
San Francisco-based Mapbox, an open-source mapping platform, has acquired fitness-tracking app Human, which allows users to track activity all day and aggregates the data anonymously to create information about cities. Human is a passive app with a simple goal: move every day for 30 minutes or more, dubbed the “Daily 30.” Instead of complex workout-setting and data entry every time you use it,...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia-based Azalea Health, a health IT software firm with a focus on rural practices and mobile tools, has raised $10.5 million in Series B funding in a round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. Previous investor Intersouth Partners also participated in the round, which brings the company's total funding to $12.5 million.  Azalea's software suite includes revenue cycle management...
By Tom Sullivan June 15, 2016
Apple HealthKit champion Ricky Bloomfield, MD, said that Apple is adding support for the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document to iOS 10. Bloomfield, who made the remarks here at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event, also attended Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier in the day, where Apple revealed that iOS 10 will be available this fall and showcased a range of new features from...
By Brian Dolan May 26, 2016
This week Apple posted a new job opening for a healthcare privacy lawyer that includes a particular emphasis on HIPAA. The position, titled "Privacy Counsel - HIPAA, Health". Apple declined to comment. UPDATE: While many publications have indicated that the job opening was a new position at Apple, a quick search of LinkedIn shows a number of privacy-focused counsels and directors currently...
By Jonah Comstock March 31, 2016
When it comes to patient-generated health data, the biggest roadblocks often come when its time to integrate that data into the doctor's workflow and the existing doctor-patient relationship. For pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes, some doctors seem to have figured it out. A group of Stanford physicians and researchers has published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...
By Bill Siwicki February 18, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday cited backdoor access to health records as just one of many violations of privacy the FBI would be guilty of if the iPhone maker agreed to create a means to unlock a user’s smartphone. Cook made the argument in an open letter strongly rebuffing the U.S. government’s efforts to get Apple to unlock an iPhone owned by one of the terrorists involved in the December...
By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2016
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will soon become the latest hospital to incorporate health monitoring via connected devices and Apple’s HealthKit infrastructure. BIDMC @ Home, an initiative the hospital has been working on for the past six months or so, is currently being tested on doctors and IT personnel in the hospital and will roll out to its first cohort of patients in the spring. “...
By Brian Dolan November 12, 2015
LifeScan, a Johnson and Johnson company, just announced that its companion app, Reveal, for people with diabetes who use the OneTouch Verio Sync Meter, now enables data sharing with third party apps through Apple's HealthKit. The new functionality means Verio and Reveal users can now easily share their glucose numbers with any other health app that connects through Apple's HealthKit exchange....
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2015
HelpAround, the Israel-based startup that raised $550,000 last year to bring the sharing economy to diabetes care, has launched a new app, Alert, which uses HealthKit data in realtime to provide support to patients. The app imports glucose data from HealthKit and, when it detects a reading outside of a predetermined range, a popup gives the user a one-touch option to contact a predetermined list...