Apple to Expand HealthKit to Diagnosis Tool, Has New Apple Watch Apps in Development [Report]

Apple to Expand HealthKit to Diagnosis Tool, Has New Apple Watch Apps in Development [Report]

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Apple is reportedly working to expand HealthKit beyond a logging app into a diagnosis tool, reports Bloomberg.

In the future, if the company gets its way, the software will interpret that information, turning it into advice for users, doctors and others. Scores of health-care experts hired by Apple in recent years are building improved electronic health record software that can better analyze and understand the implications of patient data, according to people familiar with the team’s plans.

Additionally, sources tell Bloomberg that Apple is working on new apps for the Apple Watch. One app helps users track sleep patterns and another gauges fitness levels by looking at the time it takes for your heart rate to return from peak to resting level.

Ultimately, Apple wants HealthKit to improve diagnosis by addressing two problems in the industry. First, it will allow for data to be transferred from hospital to hospital across different databases. Second, it would make it quick and easy for physicians to gather information from large amounts of data.

“If you drive for a while and your car gets too hot, it says pull over. If you need an oil change, it says check your oil. What’s the equivalent for the body?" Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a May conference in Amsterdam. “Health is a huge issue around the world and we think it’s ripe for simplicity and a new view.”

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