Two prominent hospitals in the United States are preparing to launch trials with chronic disease patients and diabetics using the HealthKit of Apple Inc. A glimpse of how the ambitious take of the maker on health care would work on practice is offered.
HealthKit, is the center of Apple’s new health care system. Information can be sent to HealthKit with regulated medical devices like glucose monitors, accompanying iPhone applications. With the consent of the patient, data is gathered from several health applications so that doctors can view in it one place.
Doctors of Stanford University Hospital say that they are working with Apple for letting the physicians track the levels of blood sugar for children with diabetes. A pilot is being developed by Duke University for tracking weight, blood sugar and other measurements for patients with heart disease or cancer.
The goal is improving the speed and accuracy of the reporting data, which often is done by fax and phone. Potentially, patients would be warned of an impending problem. In the coming weeks, pilot programs would be rolled out.
Last week, the trials were mentioned by Apple in a news release announcing the latest version of the operating system for tablets and phones, iOS 8. However, this is the first time, that the details are made public.
The aim of Apple is working with health care providers across U.S including hospitals that are experimenting with usage of technology for improving preventative care for lowering cost of healthcare and making patients healthier.
Previously, Reuters reported that Apple is in talks with other hospitals in U.S.
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