“Apple Inc’s healthcare technology is spreading quickly among major U.S. hospitals, showing early promise as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs,” Christina Farr reports for Reuters. “Fourteen of 23 top hospitals contacted by Reuters said they have rolled out a pilot program of Apple’s HealthKit service – which acts as a repository for patient-generated health information like blood pressure, weight or heart rate – or are in talks to do so. The pilots aim to help physicians monitor patients with such chronic conditions as diabetes and hypertension. Apple rivals Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics, which have released similar services, are only just starting to reach out to hospitals and other medical partners.”
“Those trying out Apple’s service included at least eight of the 17 hospitals on one list ranking the best hospitals, the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll,” Farr reports. “Google and Samsung had started discussions with just a few of these hospitals.”
MacDailyNews Take: Who – outside of mental patients, perhaps – would trust a South Korean chaebol, with no record of anything but a pattern of intellectual property theft and patent infringement or Google – of all outfits! – with their personal medical and health information? Please see related articles below.
“Apple has recruited informal industry advisors, including Rana and John Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, to discuss health data privacy and for introductions to the industry,” Farr reports. “The company said it had an ‘incredible team’ of experts in health and fitness and was talking to medical institutions, healthcare and industry experts on ways to deliver its services.”
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MacDailyNews Take: All aboard Apple’s HealthKit Express or risk being hopelessly left behind!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Arline M.” and “David E.” for the heads up.]
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