The project aims to create a system that would give every user a unified health profile for easy access to information about every check-up, test result, prescription, and more, essentially putting your entire medical history right in your pocket.
According to the CNBC report, another secretive team in Apple's health unit has already been in discussions with various medical professionals and hospitals about bringing clinical data to the iPhone.
Apple might have some grand health-related ambitions for its iPhone.
However, aspects of HealthKit could be a precursor to this project, including the option to input your health records, although it is rather limited in relation to what Apple is apparently working towards. The company wants the iPhone to be a one-stop shop for all medical information of a user which includes keeping track of medical data like lab results, doctors appointments, medication and a lot more.
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Leading talks with The Carin Alliance is said to be Bud Tribble, Apple's VP of software technology. Equities research analysts predict that Apple will post $8.94 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Apple has also hired some developers involved with FHIR, a protocol for exchanging electronic health records.
"At any given time, only about 10 to 15 per cent of patients care about this stuff", said Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the MA eHealth Collaborative and a health IT expert. Google shut down its initial product, Google Health, in 2011 due to a lack of traction.
This vision is not unlike what Apple did for music with the iPod - taking a disparate group of items than only exist in one place (CDs) and centralizing them in one location.
Apple declined to comment on CNBC's report, and its reps didn't respond to our requests for additional information. It has also made some notable hires from the medical sector of late, including a rising star of Stanford University's digital health efforts, Sumbul Desai, also reported by CNBC.
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