Remember a few months ago when we speculated about the release of a new Apple product for tracking all things health? This month, Apple Insider confirms its upcoming release.
HealthKit and its related app, simply named “Health,” will collect and store a variety of personal health data. Apple’s Senior Vice President Craig Federighi “took the wraps” off Apple’s response to the growing trend of tech-based health tracking devices. “Health” is an app that can track and store steps taken, blood pressure, blood sugar (key for diabetics!), quantity of sleep, and many other metrics.
One of Apple’s first partners on the project is Nike and their digital interface Nike+, who previously quantified activity through their own NikeFuel and the FuelBand–their response to the FitBit.
Another team on-board the development process is the Mayo Clinic. Through this partnership, patients can measure their blood pressure and the readings will be stored in Health for tracking and further communication with their doctor. For example, if the reading is normal, it will be recorded with their history for tracking and trending purposes. But if the reading is abnormal, it will be immediately forwarded to their doctor for a seamless and efficient response.
As suspected, Apple’s intention not necessarily to outshine the other health trackers, but attempt to unify them so users can go to one place and have all their important data stored together.