Apple’s new HealthKit platform is being used in two separate medical trials at prominent US hospitals to treat diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Recently lunched as part of iOS 8, HealthKit will be used in a medical trial at Stanford University Hospital to let physicians track blood sugar levels for children with diabetes using an iPod touch. Medical device makers will also take part in the trial, such as DexCom, who’s blood sugar monitoring equipment will tap into HealthKit.
Duke University is developing a pilot to track blood pressure, weight and other measurements for patients with cancer or heart disease. According to Reuters, the aim of the trials is to “improve the accuracy and speed of reporting data,” replacing legacy systems done by phone and even fax machine.”
HealthKit would allow patients to track their trends at home, making it easier to monitor potentially vital information. For example, HealthKit would allow patients who have hypertension to automatically track and submit when they take their blood pressure medication on a daily basis as well as track their daily blood pressure measurements. This would revolutionise recording methods and replace the traditional method of writing down such information and taking it to a doctor’s appointment.
Apple has reportedly been involved in talks with a number of major healthcare providers to help facilitate use of its new health platform. Their aim is to eventually work with healthcare providers across the US, including hospitals which are experimenting with using technology to improve preventative care to lower healthcare cost and make patients healthier.
It’ll be interesting to see how HealthKit will be used in the development of South African eHealth in the future.