14 Major U.S. Hospitals Now Using HealthKit as Apple Adds Health Industry Advisors

healthkit-logo Fourteen major U.S. hospitals have rolled out their own trials of Apple's HealthKit tool, with the pilot program earning praise among doctors for its ease of use and advanced tracking of various health metrics, reports Reuters.

According to the news agency, eight hospitals trying out HealthKit are on the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll which ranks the best hospitals, with the program seeing more of a positive reaction versus health tracking programs by Google and Samsung.

Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans has been working with Apple and Epic Systems, Ochsner's medical records vendor, to roll out a pilot program for high-risk patients. The team is already tracking several hundred patients who are struggling to control their blood pressure. The devices measure blood pressure and other statistics and send it to Apple phones and tablets.

"If we had more data, like daily weights, we could give the patient a call before they need to be hospitalized," said Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Dr. Richard Milani.

Apple said that over 600 developers are integrating HealthKit into their health and fitness apps. The company has also hired Rana and John Halamaka, who act as two informal industry advisors that focus on health data privacy and industry introduction. Last September, it was reported that Duke University and Stanford University Hospital had begun trials with HealthKit, with representatives from both hospitals speaking highly about the program's convenience for patients and doctors.

Apple introduced HealthKit alongside the new Health app in iOS 8 as a part of a new initiative into health and fitness tracking. HealthKit taps into data from the iPhone's various sensors along with compatible accessories to provide a more comprehensive picture of a user's health. The upcoming Apple Watch will also contain a number of sensors and health tracking features that seamlessly integrate with the Health app.

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Top Rated Comments

HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
123 months ago
Per the "I'm only going to shop at stores that accept :apple:pay" mentality, how long until we get "I'm only going to get medical services from health institutions that use health kit"?

"Sir, you've been in an accident and we're getting you to the nearest hospital"

"Do they use Apple's health kit?"

"I don't think so"

"Take me to a different hospital then- one that does use health kit"

"But sir, these injuries are life threatening"

"If I die, I die. Got to be a health kit hospital or forget it"... "Oh, and they need to accept payment via Apple Pay too".

All ;)
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surfingarbo Avatar
123 months ago
Excellent. The hospital my wife works at is switching to Epic so I hope that means they'll be Ina. Good position to support Apple Health.

Wow; Someone on this forum has a wife?!?

/s
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
123 months ago
Looks like there's some hospitals here in Boston that are trying to incorporate this - cool.

Looks more like some vertical type solutions that meet their needs more then perhaps apps directed towards the general population.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2457282 Avatar
123 months ago
Anthem just reported a security breach which exposed 80 million members. Yes these HealthKit thingies are cool. But seriously, we need to get security and privacy fixed first. I dont need my medical data or xrays of my... whatever... being stolen and sold.

If they can do this with airtight security, then okay, but too often privacy and security is an add on or afterthought
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zxxv Avatar
123 months ago
In first with the age old saying

an apple a day keeps the doctor away
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pagemakers Avatar
123 months ago
This doesn't matter... It's a start and Apple now has it's hands/ears in these 14 hospitals. When 8 of these hospitals say "you know what? This is great but if we had insight into X we could help care for patients with Y." Now Apple knows what is necessary to make the product better and get it into another 14 hospitals. ;)

Or it could mean that after almost 12 months it’s not really catching on.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)