November 21, 2018
Ascensia Diabetes Care’s Contour Diabetes app — a mobile tool to monitor trends in blood glucose levels that connects to the Contour Next One glucometer — has received yet another update. As of Monday, iPhone users can transfer blood glucose and carbohydrate data from their app to records kept within the Apple Health platform.
After opting in, data collected through Ascensia’s app will...
March 8, 2017
Apple stores around the world and online are now selling the FDA-cleared smart blood pressure monitor from San Francisco-based wearable maker Qardio, marking the latest development in the digital health company’s ongoing relationship with the tech retail giant.
The QardioArm, which received FDA clearance in 2014, was an early integrator with Apple Health, as well as with the Apple Watch. The...
August 6, 2015
Stanford has expanded its ResearchKit-based heart health trial, run from the MyHeart Counts iPhone app, to Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. MyHeart Counts was one of the first five apps to launch when Apple announced ResearchKit, an open source platform helps researchers build medical apps and more easily recruit patients for clinical trials.
“The idea is to move into one country at a time until...
October 15, 2014
Some industry stakeholders from providers to investors to consumer device makers think something like Apple's HealthKit could be the catalyst that finally brings the patient -- and patient-generated data -- into the healthcare ecosystem in a way that electronic medical records have persistently failed to do. While the conversation at Jannssen Labs and Johnson & Johnson Innovations' Digital...
October 9, 2014
Ever since Apple announced its HealthKit developer toolkit, which aggregates data from a number of different self-tracking apps and devices, it's been a foregone conclusion that Fitbit would be connected. Apple showed a screencap of Fitbit at its developer conference announcing the product. In a recent interview, a Jawbone spokesperson used Fitbit as an example of a device that could potentially...
September 3, 2014
Apple recently updated its terms and conditions for developers working with its HealthKit API to integrate health and fitness data aggregated by the platform from various third party apps and their companion devices. Earlier this week the company's rule against selling health data collected via HealthKit to ad platforms and other data collection entities, but Apple's rules for HealthKit...
September 2, 2014
Late last week the Financial Times (sub. req.) reported that Apple had modified its iOS developer license agreement, its rules for developers that create apps for its devices, to ban developers from selling health data collected by HealthKit.
The company wrote that developers must “not sell an end-user’s health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers...
August 26, 2014
As Apple's official launch of iOS 8 -- and with it Apple's Health app and HealthKit developer toolkit, HealthKit is looking more and more like a broad partner play. It was already known that Apple is working with EHR vendors and hospitals -- Epic and the Mayo Clinic were announced with HealthKit at WWDC, and rumors have since surfaced that the company is working with Allscripts, as well as Johns...
August 14, 2014
Apple has hired Divya Nag, founder of digital health accelerator StartX Med, who confirmed the new position on her LinkedIn page, according to a report from VentureBeat. A source told VentureBeat that Nag will be "leading Apple’s health care initiatives".
Her LinkedIn profile also explains she will be working on special projects at Apple.
StartX Med, which is run out of Stanford, incubated...
August 5, 2014
In the latest update to the iOS 8 beta, Apple added a number of health-related features, according to various reports. Most notably, the company added a data tracking capability for spirometry, which is data about how obstructed the lungs are collected by people with conditions like asthma or COPD.
Apple announced its Health app and HealthKit developer package at its WWDC event in June. The app...