The WWDC keynote held today, did not discuss about health care updates. It came as a bit of a surprise, given the amount of focus the company has put on the space at past events.
However Apple did announce an interesting health scrap today on its website— something that likely just got squeezed out of keynote the event late in the game. At the beginning of fall this year, the company will open up health record data to third-party iOS apps through a new API. The feature will make it possible for users to share health data from more than 500 hospitals/clinics with third-party apps.
There are, obviously, some grave concerns around sharing this sort of sensitive data.
The company is dealing with this in a number of ways. For starters, it’s all opt-in, obviously. Your personal information won’t be shared with any apps unless you explicitly allow it to be. The health records are also encrypted and stored locally on the phone.
“When consumers choose to share their health record data with trusted apps,” according to Apple, “the data flows directly from HealthKit to the third-party app and is not sent to Apple’s servers.”
As far as precise applications for such data, Apple puts the focus on to medication tracking as one of the key uses. Medisafe will be among the first to use the information in this way, letting users import prescription lists, in order to push reminders, without having to manually enter all of that information in the app.
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