App of the week: Apple zeroes in on e-health with HealthKit

HealthKit. (Supplied)

HealthKit. (Supplied)

, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:31 PM ET

Health is an iOS 8 application Apple quickly mentioned during its WWDC keynote at the beginning of June, but it could very well be a game-changer for e-health devices and applications.

Because of the iPhone’s popularity among developers and early adopters, Apple has a unique opportunity to become the missing link between manufacturers of connected devices and accessories, the user, and even doctors and medical centres. In the meantime, it will certainly help Apple reinforce its hold on the ever emerging wearables market…

HEALTH & HEALTHKIT

Health is Apple’s application regrouping all the info coming from various third-party apps and devices monitoring the user’s physical activity, overall fitness and real-time body functions. HealthKit regroups the software tools developers can use to create devices or apps compatible with Health.

WHAT IS IT FOR?

When it comes out this fall, it will monitor the user’s level of activity, general health, sleep quality, and so on. Third-party apps and wearable devices will be able to use this data to generate better reports and analysis. The app also includes emergency medical info, easily accessible in case of emergency.

DOES IT WORK?

Based on the impact the iPhone has had in other areas, we can presume HealthKit will help boost the emergence of e-health applications not only around the iOS platform, but also in general. It may also signal the imminent launch of the famous iWatch, Apple’s own connected smartwatch.

WHAT’S MISSING?

Compatible devices and applications. iOS 8 will be available this fall, but developers already have the development tools and will certainly be ready when it officially launches.

VERDICT

The iPhone remains a leader in emerging mobile trends. Most wearables developed these days are iPhone-compatible from the start, Android compatibility coming in second. It’s easy to predict Apple will have an impact on that segment. What remains to be seen is how durable that impact will be.


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