July 31, 2014
Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is gearing up to get data from patients' consumer devices like Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or Withings weight scale into their EHR, according to CIO and emergency room physician Dr. John Halamka. Halamka says a number of factors make now the time for patient-generated data: devices have reached the maturity and ease of use needed to be a part of people's care...
July 24, 2014
Catalyst, an internal iPad app developed by Medtronic.
In a third-quarter earnings call with investors, Apple senior vice president and CFO Luca Maestri listed medical device giant Medtronic as a headline example of a company creating a lot of iOS apps to use internally.
"Today companies have equipped millions of employees with iPhones and they’re seeing huge benefits in productivity, employee...
June 19, 2014
Apple has filed for a handful of new patents related to biometric sensing and tracking, according to a report over at AppleInsider. One of the patents the company filed for, "Method and apparatus for personal characterization data collection using sensors", describes a system that uses data collected by smartphone sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, location sensors) and data collected by...
June 13, 2014
On Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quietly updated its list of mobile medical applications that it would not regulate. It added a description of an app that fairly well describes Apple's recently announced Health app. The addition comes just a day after the FDA responded to a three-month old Freedom of Information Act request from a tech publication about its meeting with Apple...
June 10, 2014
When we first learned that a small team of Apple executives met with FDA officials last December to discuss mobile medical applications, it seemed likely that the discussion was intended to help Apple better avoid FDA regulation for its rumored health products. Thanks to a successful Freedom of Information Act request from the Apple-focused resources site Apple Toolkit, the FDA has furnished a...
June 3, 2014
At its World Wide Developers Conference yesterday, Apple announced two new health tools: a health data tracking platform for developers called HealthKit and a dashboard app for consumers simply called Health. Importantly, the Health app will come preloaded on all new iOS devices and will make its way onto older iOS devices if the user makes the free upgrade to iOS8.
While install base is hardly a...
June 3, 2014
Below is MobiHealthNews' transcript of Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi's presentation about Apple's new health tracking platform HealthKit and its companion app Health. This was just a small part of the iOS8 presentation at the WWDC 2014 event this week:
"Now, something that we all care about: health. Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices...
June 2, 2014
At Apple's WWDC event, the company announced its rumored native health tracking platform, which we now know to be called HealthKit. Rumors have circulated that the tracking platform would be called HealthBook, though we noted previously that was probably not the official name.
"Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices and accompanying applications, everything from monitoring...