Apple HealthKit, the platform designed to streamline information from different health apps into one, is now finally available. The much-anticipated software has the potential to open up new doors for health applications on Apple products, and many are commenting on the possible opportunities and worries this program will bring with it.
As this blog has reported several times before, this is a launch that has been a long time in the making, and coincides with both its meetings with the FDA and its recent announcement of new devices, including the Apple Watch. If HealthKit proves to be a success, it is thought that other health app companies will follow it.
However, there have already been some warning signs that should have developers and potential users wary. In addition to the potential for HIPAA violations involving insecure medical data being transmitted to and from a device, the company temporarily took down HealthKit apps from the App Store, causing concern.
The CEO of MedWhat, a health AI company, said in a VentureBeat piece that HealthKit is actually a huge boon for healthcare companies and holds the key to the future of medicine.
"What the iPod did for the music industry, HealthKit is starting to do for the healthcare industry, affecting the business model and business strategy of health and wellness apps, hospitals, doctors, lab test results companies, and health insurance companies," the CEO, Arturo Devesa, said.
The balance between the consumer and the practitioner will be one of the questions that the development of HealthKit and its related apps will bring. It's possible that this minor difficulty during rollout will not affect the progression of apps, but HealthKit is still being evaluated for effectiveness by possible users.