Apple Health partner Mayo Clinic to play role in Apple’s special media event

“When Apple Inc. unveils new products Tuesday, one of the tech industry’s most anticipated events of the year, it will have Mayo Clinic at its side to encourage people to use smartphones, and possibly a smartwatch, to monitor health,” Evan Ramstad reports for The Star Tribune. “The combination of Rochester-based Mayo, one of the best-known names in health care, and Apple could be a major boost to the practice of routinely tracking health conditions and fitness performance.”

“The products Apple unveils at noon Minnesota time will come with a new app, Health, that holds data collected either by the gadgets or entered by a user,” Ramstad reports. “Mayo will show data from the Health app can flow into the more sophisticated management system of a major health center. The two companies have been working together for about two years.”

“For health care providers like Mayo, the opportunity for exposure on a smartphone can attract new patients and reinforce ties to existing ones. Mayo already provides an app to patients that allows them to see many of their personal health records, including results of lab tests,” Ramstad reports. “But the ability to cheaply and regularly monitor health is emerging at the same time as another huge change in the U.S. health care system, one that will be unfolding for years — the shift in health and insurance funding from employers to individuals. It’s a change akin to the way companies over the past two decades have gotten out of providing pensions and individuals in that time have taken responsibility for retirement savings through 401(k) plans and other investing.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Have a nice day, Samsung.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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