Apple reportedly looking for more partners for its HealthKit effort


A new report claims that Apple is in talks with a number of major medical and health organization to have them support their HealthKit efforts that were announced last June as part of the upcoming iOS 8.

Reuters reports, via unnamed sources, that Apple has has talks with Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins on how they could support HealthKit, which has been designed to give users of the iPhone and iPad a central location to check out data from devices such as a fitness tracker or a heart monitor. Apple has already announced partnerships for HealthKit from Nike and the Mayo Clinic.

Apple would not comment on these latest reports but a spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic did admit that it is using a beta of HealthKit and providing feedback back to Apple. What do you think of the company's push to server health care providers?

Source: Reuters

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Apple reportedly looking for more partners for its HealthKit effort


I think they need to solidify the monitor/recorders, such as Nike, Fitbit, Jawbone, iWatch, or whatever first. Then go to the medical community and show what they can do.

While good, this won't mean much in the long rum until these partnerships are solidified and not limited to just one OS. It would need to tap into Android and to a lesser extent, even WP.

I can't recall who, but someone wrote an excellent article on this site regarding the uphill Apple battles to make headway in the medical field.

That said, it would make sense for the tech companies to join their efforts together and make this push. If they did, even the government would provide a bit of backup.

On the other hand, if money is the end goal, the tech companies won't. And it goes without saying that the government won't support anything unless it lines their own pockets in some way.

Apple excels when they control things end-to-end, or at least when they can dictate the terms to integration partners. They have tended to fall flat when they have to integrate with disparate systems out of their control. Traditionally, when faced with the choice of working as one member of a larger group, or designing their own better way, they have opted for the later.

What makes HealthKit so fascinating is that in healthcare this attitude can only go so far. Apple can easily get fitness bands and consumer grade diagnostic gear by sheer virtue of iOS popularity. Google is trying the same with Google Fit, but likely with less success (IMHO).

Whatever penetrates to the actual nurse/doctor/hospital layer, however, has to answer to a cacophony of competing business interests, not to mention government regulations. That means working with those interests, and likely with each other, and negotiating commonalities. HealthKit and Google Fit seem more like opening chess moves to try to get the most muscular position that that table.

The Apple of five years ago would take its ball and go home, minting money in its well-designed sphere while leaving the messy problems at that table to somebody else. It will be very interesting to see if Tim Cook's Apple will do the same, or decide Apple is ready to lead that larger group.