Apple

By Laura Lovett 11:27 am November 15, 2019
Following a slew of vaping-related deaths and other emerging health concerns, Apple has announced that it will pull down all 181 vaping apps from the App Store, Axios first reported.  "We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps. We’re constantly evaluating apps, and consulting the latest evidence, to determine risks to users’...
By Jonah Comstock 09:01 am November 14, 2019
As of this morning, iOS users can officially download Apple’s new Research app and sign up for one or more of the three studies the company announced at its WWDC event in September. Inspired by the Apple Heart Study conducted last year in conjunction with Stanford, these three studies, focused respectively on heart health and movement, hearing loss, and women’s health, are being conducted with...
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 am November 6, 2019
Ten months after announcing plans, and just shy of a year after those plans originally leaked, Apple and the Department of Veterans Affairs have completed the rollout of Apple Health Records to any iOS users among the more than 9 million veterans in the US and surrounding territories. “We have delivered veterans an innovative new way to easily and securely access their health information,” VA...
By Dave Muoio 03:03 pm November 5, 2019
Friday marked the end of Dr. Ned Sharpless’ time as acting commissioner of the FDA, with President Donald Trump pointing to Dr. Stephen Hahn, currently the chief medical officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center, as his official appointment for the role on Friday. Assistant Secretary for health at HHS Dr. Brett Giroir will act as the agency’s new acting head. “With Dr. Sharpless at the helm, the FDA...
By Dave Muoio 03:32 pm October 31, 2019
Apple's high on health. Apple CEO Tim Cook was pleased as punch with his company’s latest quarterly and yearly report, which he said on an investor’s call yesterday was Apple’s “highest revenue in a September quarter ever” at $64 billion. Thirty-three million dollars of this was in iPhone revenue — a 9% decline over last year that he felt was a significant step up from the 15% decline seen...
By Dave Muoio 01:28 pm October 9, 2019
Medicare Advantage plan reimbursing for Apple Watches. Startup Medicare payer Devoted Health will be offering Apple Watches to its members as a fitness benefit, according to a report from CNBC that MobiHealthNews confirmed with the company. Devoted Health wrote in its marketing materials that it will be covering $150 of the cost of “wearable devices like an Apple Watch” per year alongside other...
By Laura Lovett 03:52 pm October 7, 2019
Apple’s next health move could be smart clothing. Last year the tech giant filed a patent for a stretchable fabric band that could include circuitry sensors to measure blood pressure, respiration rate and ECG signals.   The patent application, published October 3, describes a fabric-based piece of clothing that would be able to wirelessly communicate with external electronic equipment. While it...
By Dave Muoio 03:37 pm September 10, 2019
Apple today announced that it will be launching three new Apple Watch health studies in partnership with major healthcare and academic organizations, including the World Health Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and others. These upcoming studies will capture data regarding participants’ sound exposure, menstrual cycles, heart rate and physical activity. Each will be open to U.S. Apple...
By Dave Muoio 11:47 am August 26, 2019
Apple Health Records has come to a handful of Allscripts’ EHR platforms, allowing iPhone users to collate and control their personal health information across different organizations, the EHR vendor announced Thursday afternoon. Both providers and patients documenting records with Allscripts’ Sunrise, TouchWorks EHR and Professional EHR products will have access to Apple’s platform, which uses...
By Dave Muoio 03:20 pm August 20, 2019
Trouble in Cupertino. Morale is low and tensions are high within Apple’s health team, where conflicting ideas and strategies have led to a number of high-profile departures, according to a new report from CNBC. While the company’s primary focus has so far been on new features for generally healthy users, anonymous employees said that some team members wanted to tackle major healthcare challenges...