Apple CareKit

By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2017
Though health and fitness news on the main stage of Apple’s WWDC focused mostly on Apple Watch updates, the team has also added some significant upgrades to Apple CareKit, which were shared at a series of sessions at the conference that are now available online. Among the revelations: Apple has made it easier to connect CareKit apps to hospital back-ends, has created a prototyping tool to make...
By Heather Mack January 30, 2017
Santa Monica, California-based GoodRx, a digital cost transparency tool specifically for medication, has merged with San Francisco-based Iodine, which offers a similar tool for quality assessment and information on medications. Fast Company first reported the news, and said the merger took the place at the end of 2016 but was not publicly announced. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed....
By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2017
A company called Tresorit has launched a new SDK called ZeroKit, meant to help developers working on Apple's CareKit platform surmount one of the biggest hurdles to developing healthcare applications: security. ZeroKit launched today and was promoted by Apple in a blog post on the CareKit website. "We decided that healthcare is the sector that needs this technology the most given the recent data...
By Heather Mack December 6, 2016
New York-based One Drop has received FDA clearance for its mobile blood glucose monitoring system, One Drop Chrome. The system consists of the Chrome Meter lancing device, test strips and a companion app, and is also now officially available with a monthly subscription service called One Drop Premium. People in the United States, UK and European Union can start ordering the $39.95 subscription...
By Heather Mack October 10, 2016
One Drop, the diabetes management app that debuted last year on iOS, is now available on Android. One Drop offers a direct-to-consumer app for diabetes management that allows users with type 1, type 2 or pre-diabetes to log a variety of information: glucose, diet, activity and insulin. Users can share that information anonymously with a community of users, and the platform also offers users...
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 April 28, 2016
Apple announced CareKit, its new development framework for clinical care apps, at a special event in March. Today the framework went live for all developers, but three had early access. Those three developers unveiled their CareKit-enhanced apps today too.  “CareKit is a framework of modules that are being open-sourced to the world,” Jeffrey Dachis, founder and CEO of One Drop, one of the initial...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2016
At an event in Cupertino today, Apple announced that it would take its ResearchKit framework and spin off a new, similar offering called CareKit, an open source toolkit for hospitals and health systems. CareKit will launch with two applications: one for home monitoring of Parkinson's and one for post-surgical discharge. "When we introduced ResearchKit, our goal was to improve medical research and...