HealthKit

By Jonah Comstock 08:26 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 10:13 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 10:15 am August 11, 2014
Google has released a preview software development kit (SDK) for Google Fit, the platform the company will launch later this year to help Android users aggregate data from fitness apps and devices. The preview launch gives some hints about what the final SDK will look like when it launches later this year. In a blog post, Google explained that the preview SDK will contain three different APIs....
By Jonah Comstock 12:27 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 09:15 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 09:54 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 10:45 am July 16, 2014
Samsung might partner with Under Armour to market Samsung's wearable health devices, according to a report from Yonhap News. The report also suggests Samsung and Under Armour are pursuing this partnership to counter Apple's relationship with Nike, which has been going strong for a few years now. Nike and Apple's relationship was highlighted recently when the smartphone maker announced that Nike+...
By Aditi Pai 09:09 am July 9, 2014
Just a month after Apple announced its health tracking platform for iOS 8, the company released a new beta version of the app with two new features: step counting and caffeine tracking, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Another report from 9to5Mac finds that Apple hired two engineers from the Nike+ FuelBand team in June, Ryan Bailey and Jon Gale. These two are just the latest to join Apple's...
By Aditi Pai 09:20 am June 17, 2014
WebMD updated its consumer-facing health app this week: it now integrates a user's biometric data from certain activity trackers, wireless scales, and glucose meters. While the app tracks steps, sleep, weight and blood glucose data from devices, if users have an iPhone 5s, they can also track steps passively from their phone. The app's new feature, called Healthy Target, uses data from these...
By Jonah Comstock 08:02 am June 9, 2014
At Apple's WWDC event earlier this month, the company finally announced its HealthKit and Health offerings, which will bring health tracking natively to the next generation of iOS. But there was no mention of Apple's long-rumored iWatch at WWDC. Now Nikkei Asian Review, a Japanese publication with a history of reporting Apple's release dates before they are announced officially, says Apple is...