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    Default Apple Purportedly in Talks with Leading Healthcare Providers


    After Apple's introduction of HealthKit earlier this summer, it was evident that Apple has developed a strong interest in the increasingly inextricable link between healthcare and mobile technology.

    "HealthKit," if you're not familiar, serves as a new app bundled with iOS 8 that's all about fitness and tracking apps and related mobile health solutions.

    On Tuesday, speculation emerged that Apple is now in talks with the some of the world's foremost players in the healthcare space. From hospitals to healthcare tech innovators, Apple is talking to many of the healthcare industry's most respective names.

    "Apple Inc has been discussing how its 'HealthKit' service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems," people familiar with the discussions are quoted by Reuters.

    For now, it isn't clear what role HealthKit will play in iOS 8, but it's expected to play a major part in its new iPhone 6, which is poised to drop next month.

    Source: Reuters

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    I love the idea of Apple working with healthcare providers. My mom is a nurse - her hospital is very low-tech, though. With this age of incredible computers in the palm of your hand, why isn't the entire hospital digitally connected? The iPad Mini, it seems, is perfectly suited for nurses to monitor their patients, look up information, or to even communicate instantly with other nurses or doctors.

    There are a few problems, though. One of them is security. Patient data is protected by law - someone shouldn't be able to access that information that is not authorized, be it hackers or even other nurses. The second one is exclusivity: what if Apple is the only one that can provide this service? What if Apple then goes out of business? Who will update all the software and infrastructure if/ when that happens?

    I hope Apple and IBM are working only with standard formats that can be migrated to other systems if needed (that in itself is a security risk, though).

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