Apple has had a growing interest in the health industry for quite some time now. The company has been exploring health-tracking functionalities with its products for quite a while. Now, reports suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to turn the iphone into a ‘one-stop shop’ for all medical record information.
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According to several media reports, Apple has a secret team within its health unit that works with developers, hospitals and other industrial groups to integrate clinical data in new iPhones.
With information such as lab results and allergy lists stored on their phones, patients will have easier access to it in case they want to share it with doctors, specialists or health tracking applications.
Apple is reportedly also considering to acquire companies in cloud hosting space to learn how to manage health data in a way that is safe and secure.
The company is said to be ‘involved in discussions’ with people in health IT industry groups that are working to solve the problem of fragmented health data.
According to the report, ‘these include “The Argonaut Project,” a private sector initiative that is promoting the adoption of open standards for health information, and “The Carin Alliance,” an organization that is looking to give patients a central role in controlling their own medical data.’
Bud Trible, Apple’s VP of software technology, who has a background in health technology and is a trained physician with experience in medical research, is said to be leading the talks with The Carin Alliance.
Additionally, Apple has hired Sean Moore — a software engineer who has worked at Epic Systems — and Ricky Bloomfield who is a physician from Duke University. The technology company has also hired developers involved with FHIR, which is a popular protocol for managing electronic health records.
Apple is also said to be working on a ‘breakthrough’ diabetes treatment with Apple Watch.