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Healthkit is live. What would that mean for your mHealth mobile app?

“What the iPod did for the music industry, HealthKit is starting to do for the healthcare industry. It is a phenomena that has affected the business model and business strategy of health and wellness apps, hospitals, doctors, lab test results companies and health insurance companies. It has been expected for quite a while, it suffered some bugs which took Apple a month or so to fix such as health apps being made available on the Appstore. However, now it’s here.

Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices and accompanying applications, everything from monitoring your activity level, to your heart rate, to your weight, and chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Now finally with healthkit you can. HealthKit provides a single place that applications can contribute to a composite profile of your activity and health.”

Long live Healthkit

For those still living under a rock, Healthkit is huge in for mHealth because it is expected to solve two major problems in the health care industry: That patients’ data is fragmented and incomplete, and that personal health apps and devices don’t talk to each other.

Of course this is a big and profitable push for Apple which took its big push into health care, a multi-trillion-dollar industry that the company has eyed for several years.

Is my app compatible with Healthkit?

At the moment 23 apps integrate their date with Apple’s healthkit (source). Below follow a list of the top 5 of them in order to get an insight of the size the presence and the type of app your mhealth app is likely to be in order to integrate with Healthkit:

  • Centered (Free) – Insurance company Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which offers insurance plans to residents of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, launched this app last week. Centered is HCSC’s first wellness app for its members. The app focuses on activity tracking and meditation. Centered will display a daily summary of calories burned, miles walked, and time spent being active every day, but it also offers meditation sessions for users to complete every week that range from four to 19 minutes. The app will send users tips on how to have a successful meditation session and provide them with a history of meditation sessions completed. The steps data will come from the passive tracker embedded in Apple’s Health app.
  • UP by Jawbone (Free) – Jawbone launched this standalone UP app that will allow smartphone owners who do not own Jawbone devices to track their fitness, nutrition and sleep. This data will instead come from other devices and apps via HealthKit and the Health app. A Jawbone spokesperson recently stressed to MobiHealthNews that this was not a move away from hardware for Jawbone, and that, in fact, there is a new wearable device in the works for the company’s product pipeline. The company sees the standalone app as a way for potential users to try Jawbone’s offerings out before they buy one of their devices.
  • FitStar Personal Trainer (Free) — This app, which offers users fitness videos, announced this week that the number of calories its users burned from its workout videos would be fed into Apple’s Health app via HealthKit.

What does this update means for Healthcare institutions and mHealth?

In short note – competitive advantage. The Mayo Clinic a 150 years long healthcare institution was the first one to integrate its healthcare app with Healthkit.

Now Mayo clinic’s doctors can automatically fetch data from their patients (who use iPhones of course) coming to different sources and apps including fitness app, nutrition apps cardiovascular apps etc. As stated above this will give them composite picture of their patients overall health conditions and will reduce the long persisting problem of fragmentation of healthcare data.

Our mhealth solution architects advice hospital and Clinique management to seriously consider integrating their mhealth apps with Healthfit in order to harness the benefits mentioned above.

We are here to help you with that. Our rich expertise in delivering compelling patient experience with mHealth app including projects such as Distant Medical Monitoring, and CareInSync Corporation combined with a team of super passionate and knowledgeable team of iOS developer who know the iOS ecosystem inside out will ensure that the integration process is going to happen smoothly and within short deadlines.

Take advantage today of our free consulting over how your mhealth app could be integrated with Healthkit by scheduling a session with our mhealth solution architects here

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