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Apple Highlights Its Growing Role in Promoting Personal Health and Supporting the Medical Community

Wednesday July 20, 2022 5:00 am PDT by
Apple today is releasing a detailed new report highlighting the ways its ecosystem of products and services are impacting human health, from helping users keep track of their own personal health to supporting medical research and care. "We believe passionately that technology can play a role in improving health outcomes and encouraging people to live a healthier day, and we are excited about...
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Apple Watch Heart Study Involved 400,000 Participants

Friday November 2, 2018 4:38 am PDT by
Stanford Medicine has published more details about the future of the Heart Study program it conducted in partnership with Apple, in which it attempted to reliably detect atrial fibrillation in Apple Watch wearers. The condition, which is characterized by an irregular heartbeat, often remains hidden because many people don't experience symptoms. Atrial fibrillation can increase the risk of...
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Apple Watch Owners Can Participate in Apple Heart Study to Identify Irregular Heart Rhythms

Thursday November 30, 2017 5:24 am PST by
Apple today announced it has launched a ResearchKit-based Apple Heart Study app, which uses the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm is identified, participants will receive a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a free consultation...

Apple Considered Buying Medical Clinic Startup Crossover Health

Monday October 16, 2017 3:52 pm PDT by
Apple considered purchasing medical clinic startup Crossover Health as part of its push into healthcare, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have participated talks with the healthcare company up until recently, but after months of discussion, no deal materialized. According to its website, Crossover Health works with major companies to provide employees with on-site medical clinics. Some of its exi...

Key Stanford Medical Researcher Joins Apple's Health Team

Saturday June 24, 2017 4:33 am PDT by
Apple has hired the lead doctor of Stanford University's digital health initiative, Sumbul Desai, to take on an unspecified role in one of the tech company's health projects. The hire was rumored earlier this month, but Stanford Medicine confirmed it to Internet Health Management on Friday. Desai headed up Stanford's Center for Digital Health, launched by the university's School of Medicine in ...

Apple Working With Health Gorilla to Offer Comprehensive Medical Records on iPhone

Monday June 19, 2017 2:50 pm PDT by
In its quest to turn the iPhone into a comprehensive health repository for every iPhone user, Apple has teamed up with Health Gorilla, a company specializing in aggregating diagnostic information, reports CNBC. Citing two sources familiar with Apple's plans, CNBC says Apple is working with Health Gorilla to add diagnostic data to the iPhone by cooperating with hospitals, imaging centers, and...

Apple Aiming to Make iPhone 'One-Stop Shop' for Medical Info

Wednesday June 14, 2017 6:50 pm PDT by
Apple wants the iPhone to serve as a comprehensive health repository for every iPhone user, keeping track of medical data like doctors visits, lab results, medications, and more, reports CNBC. Apple is said to have a "secretive team" within its health unit that has been communicating with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about storing clinical data on the iPhone. With all of...
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Doctors Reveal Seizure Insights Gained From ResearchKit App

Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:58 am PST by
Medical doctors who used an Apple Watch app to discover the most common triggers of epileptic seizures will present their findings at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting today in Boston, Massachusetts. The 10-month study involved 598 people who tracked their seizures with an iPhone app called EpiWatch, which was built by Johns Hopkins using Apple's ResearchKit software...
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Apple Researching How iPhones Can Monitor Parkinson's Patients in Real Time

Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:50 pm PST by
Apple is researching whether iPhone and Apple Watch can be used to "passively monitor data" from patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease, according to Fast Company. Those with Parkinson's often see their doctors every six months, leaving wide gaps between visits where symptoms could improve or worsen, putting some on the wrong dose of medication. Stephen Friend, the Sage Bionetworks...
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Apple Hires Duke Doctor on Forefront of Implementing HealthKit and ResearchKit

Monday October 31, 2016 9:18 pm PDT by
Apple has hired Duke's Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, one of the early proponents of both HealthKit and ResearchKit, for its health team, according to MobiHealthNews. The hiring was first announced by Dr. Bloomfield's colleague on Twitter and confirmed by Apple to MobiHealthNews. As Duke's Director of Mobile Strategy, Dr. Bloomfield helped Duke become one of the first hospitals to integrate HealthKit....

GSK Launches First ResearchKit Study by a Major Pharmaceutical Company

Monday July 18, 2016 7:27 am PDT by
British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline recently announced the launch of a new clinical study, Patient Rheumatoid Arthritis Data from the Real World (PARADE), which will gather medical data and patient feedback using an iOS app powered by Apple's ResearchKit. Notably, GSK is the first major pharmaceutical company to implement ResearchKit into its research, which it hopes assists in...
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Apple Hires Sage Bionetworks President Stephen Friend for Health-Related Projects

Thursday June 23, 2016 9:57 am PDT by
Sage Bionetworks president and co-founder Stephen Friend is joining Apple to work on health related projects, according to a press release Sage Bionetworks shared this morning (via Business Insider). Though not specified in the press release, Friend will likely be joining Apple to work on its CareKit and ResearchKit projects. Friend connected with Apple through ResearchKit, which Sage has been ...
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Apple Hiring Lawyer With Health Privacy Expertise, HIPAA Experience

Tuesday May 24, 2016 4:58 pm PDT by
Apple is looking to fill a "Privacy Counsel" position with an attorney who has expertise in the health field and HIPAA compliance, according to a new listing on the company's job site discovered by Business Insider. The job description calls for someone who has "health privacy expertise" and 5 to 9 years of experience as an associate at a top-tier law firm or business, among other qualifications. ...
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Apple: Steve Jobs' Healthcare Prompted Apple Watch Development

Tuesday May 10, 2016 3:18 am PDT by
TIME published an article yesterday that offers an interesting take on Apple's long-term plans for the Apple Watch, noting that Steve Jobs' desire to improve the healthcare system indirectly inspired its development. The article is written by technology consultant Tim Bajarin, who recently spent time at the company's headquarters and met with Apple executives involved with the Apple Watch. He...

Apple Announces New Software Framework App Called 'CareKit'

Monday March 21, 2016 10:32 am PDT by
During today's "Let Us Loop You In" media event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, the company unveiled a new software framework called "CareKit" that will allow developers to build apps to "empower people to take on an active role in their care." iPhone apps that support the new framework will allow for users to easily track their symptoms and medication to help provide an overall wider view...

Apple Announces New ResearchKit Studies for Autism, Epilepsy and Melanoma

Thursday October 15, 2015 5:45 am PDT by
Apple today announced that researchers from Duke University, Johns Hopkins and Oregon Health & Science University are launching three new ResearchKit studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma.“We’re honored to work with world-class medical institutions and provide them with tools to better understand diseases and ultimately help people lead healthier lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s...
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ResearchKit Now Available for iPad

Wednesday June 10, 2015 8:49 am PDT by
Apple has released an updated version of ResearchKit with iPad support and several other new features for developers. ResearchKit 1.1 includes improved slider support, new active tasks, bug fixes, style improvements and more, with some of the changes briefly discussed during Apple's recent What's New in Cocoa Touch session at WWDC this week. The full changelog is listed below.Today we're happy to ...
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ResearchKit App Drawing Return Visits at Rates Rivaling Games and Social Media Apps

Friday May 8, 2015 9:05 am PDT by
LifeMap Solutions, co-creators of the ResearchKit Asthma Health app [Direct Link], yesterday published a blog post detailing the success of the first few weeks of the app's lifespan and how it has engaged its users in return visits as much as some social media and gaming apps on iOS. In the official ResearchKit blog post, LifeMap Solutions details the preliminary findings of the Asthma Health...

Apple Announces ResearchKit Available Today for Developers and Medical Researchers

Tuesday April 14, 2015 9:08 am PDT by
Apple announced on Tuesday that ResearchKit is available today for developers and medical researchers. Starting today, medical researchers worldwide can use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. Apple has created a ResearchKit page on GitHub with a new blog that will share the latest news, updates and tips about ...
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IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps

Monday April 13, 2015 10:30 pm PDT by
Apple partner IBM today announced the launch of Watson Health Cloud, designed to offer physicians, researchers, insurers and health-related companies a secure and open platform for storing health-related data. The platform facilitates the secure sharing of data from multiple types of input, from personal fitness trackers to connected medical devices to doctor-created medical records. The...