In addition to watching your physical activity, Apple would now like your iPhone to be able to manage your medical data.
Will Apple replace your health book? Since iOS 8, the Health application allows you to store physical activity or lifestyle data such as distance traveled daily by the user or sleep analysis. But Apple wants to go further. CNBC reveals that the Cupertino laboratories are working on a far more ambitious project: directly tackling medical data. In the ideal world of Apple, your doctor could directly receive your activity report and your card. He could then send his prescriptions on your iPhone. Interest: digitizing medical life to “revolutionize” health.
Today, and especially in the United States, arriving in a hospital requires filling out long forms that are not always taken into account. Worse still: the lack of communication between the various medical actors. CNBC reports that it is often by fax that these long paper files are transmitted, which facilitates the loss of information. Which, on a patient, would often lead to failures in treatments, sometimes fatal. By storing all this data on iPhone, Apple would allow the user to choose the data he wants to share and send them in a few seconds to the doctor who takes care of him. In view of Apple’s privacy positions on medical data to date, it is hard to imagine the company storing this data on iCloud, preferring to give its users control over them to encourage them to use function.
CNBC reveals that Apple is currently in discussions with hospitals and developers to offer health software capable of directly interacting with the health portfolio of the iPhone. The doctor would then only have to read the information and transmit instructions to his patient, all from the software.
Between dream and reality
Apple’s health ambitions could be brought closer to the music revolution that began in 2003 with the iTunes Store and the iPod. By stopping the obligation to buy a physical disk and offering to buy digital songs individually, Apple had succeeded in decentralizing the industry. A feat that the company seems to want to achieve once again.
A problem remains for Tim Cook. Forcing doctors and hospitals to change software may prove much more complicated than switching from a CD player to an iPod … With often aging infrastructures and data sometimes impossible to convert, Apple takes the risk of Develop a technology that, however efficient it may be, will never be able to democratize. Only the interactions between your iPhone’s data and your doctor would make this system as revolutionary as Apple would like. However, for Micky Tripathi, expert in health and technology: only Apple is able to achieve this feat today. The significant market share that Mac and other iOS devices have in the medical community could contribute to this digital turning point.
Doctor Tim Cook
This is not the first time since Tim Cook is at the head of Apple that the company is trying to interfere in medicine and research. Soon after launching the Health app, Apple announced ResearchKit to allow researchers to do analyzes on a large sample of users. Since iOS 10, Apple also allows its US customers to register on the organ donor registry directly from the Health application without having to fill out paperwork. Finally, Apple is preparing to propose a new way to monitor the blood glucose level with the next Apple Watch. A technology that could change the lives of people with diabetes. What to expect a medical revolution in the years to come?