Apple to expand HealthKit from tracker to diagnosis tool; new Apple Watch apps for sleep tracking, fitness levels in pipeline

“So far Apple Inc.’s HealthKit has mostly collected fitness data from its devices,” Alex Webb reports for Bloomberg. “In the future, if the company gets its way, the software will interpret that information, turning it into advice for users, doctors and others.”

“Scores of health-care experts hired by Apple in recent years are building improved electronic health record software that can better analyze and understand the implications of patient data, according to people familiar with the team’s plans,” Webb reports. “The iPhone maker is also working on new apps for the Apple Watch. One helps users track sleep patterns, one of the people said. Another app gauges fitness levels by measuring the time taken for the heart rate to fall from its peak to resting level, according to one of the other people.”

“The ultimate goal of Apple’s medical technology team is to turn HealthKit into a tool that improves diagnoses, the people said,” Webb reports. “Earlier this year, Apple bought Gliimpse Inc., a startup that built software to pull electronic health records from different databases and in different formats, then store them in one place… Yoky Matsuoka, formerly technology chief at Google’s Nest Labs unit, also joined Apple’s health team last year. Nest is known mostly as a hardware specialist, but Matsuoka led the development of software that interpreted and learned from data that its internet-connected thermostats collect. She’s using that machine-learning experience as she oversees a health-data team at Apple”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sleep tight, Fitbit et al.

One of the biggest issues in healthcare in the U.S. today is that there is no “Quartberback” – someone running the effort, coordinating the various specialists, making sure everyone is on the same page with the treatment plan(s), drug interactions, allergies, etc. A “playbook” showing the full picture of the patient’s health data would be very useful – and let the disparate medical personnel each quarterback on their own. Hopefully, Apple can step in, build, and fulfill this need with the company’s vaunted security and privacy.MacDailyNews, August 22, 2016

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  1. This is another high liability area Apple has been getting into. Wait ’til the first person dies from a tachycardia because they used their iWatch pulse meter to guide their workout. The sad part is you guys think I am kidding. Apple has a big treasure chest the ambulance chasers would love to raid.

      1. Ass, you didn’t refute ramiuseng at all. How does it feel to be personally attacked? You show your true colors when playing semantics instead of addressing the valid point that was made. There is endless evidence to prove that ramiuseng is correct. Thousands of slimy lawyers drum up frivolous medical lawsuits every year. Where have you been, ignoramus?

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