Mayo Clinic Working With Apple On New Health App
The Mayo Clinic is working with Apple on its newly-announced health and fitness app, called HealthKit. The app was unveiled Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2014, Apple, Inc.
Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, says, “we believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people. We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app.”
From Mayo’s press release:
Integrating with Apple’s new HealthKit, Mayo Clinic patients and consumers will be able to more easily access personalized health information, guidance and care when they need it.
Mayo Clinic patients will continue to securely access their patient information and services, but in the future, they will increasingly be able to organize and act on their health and wellness data in a more seamless manner.
Users will be able to monitor various HealthKit parameters through an easy-to-interpret dashboard, which highlights trends and flags values that may need attention.
WCCO reports Apple executives say the app is meant to help users connect their data, and share it between devices, and with health providers.
For instance, clinicians can use HealthKit to define custom ranges for metrics like heart rate and blood pressure for the patient. If a reading falls out of that range, HealthKit can contact the hospital proactively. A doctor could then contact the patient to provide them with medical advice.
Apple executive Craig Federighi said data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can’t get a comprehensive picture of your health. He said that will change with HealthKit in iOS 8. Apple is also working with the Mayo Clinic to make sure your weight, calorie intake and other health metrics are within healthy ranges.