Cupertino, CA—Great news for developers, patients, and healthcare professionals: Apple’s CareKit modules are officially up and ready for use on GitHub, and three apps that utilize the CareKit platform are available for download—Iodine for mental health, One Drop for diabetes management, and Glow for reproductive health. To refresh your memory, Apple CareKit allows developers to help patients collect health data through apps on their smartphone with four modules. What has yet to be seen is the reaction from health care professionals; will this fit into their over-scheduled daily routine? Will they see the benefit? The discussion rages on about privacy concerns as well, but many are optimistic about the potential of this technology.
“No company is going to solve the problems of health care tomorrow,” says primary care doctor Jordan Shlain, who has advised Apple in the past. “Apple is helping facilitate rapid prototyping, so we can figure out what works and what doesn’t in this broken, high-regulated system.”
Why this matters:
Mobile health is on the rise, and CareKit has the potential to revolutionize the approach to patient care from the onset of symptoms, to treatment, to follow-up care once those patients leave the hospital or clinic setting. We’ll be following closely to check out the data as it pours in, to get a better understanding of the impact that CareKit is making both for patients and care teams. Read more about the launch here.