Apple working to have your iPhone manage your medical history

Allan Goodman
June 17, 2017

Apple is secretly working on turning the iPhone into the go-to source for a person's medical information, CNBC reported.

Apple is also said to be looking to acquire startups within the cloud hosting space that may fit into the plan.

They have likened this system to what Apple has done for music with iTunes, where there will be a central location for users to find all things health related.

Apple is focused on health care more than ever before, and if recent rumors hold any weight, the iPhone could become an essential component of your future visits to the doctor's office.

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"If Apple is serious about this, it would be a big f--ing deal", said Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator of Health IT for the Department of Health and Human Services and the founder of a start-up called Aledade. It would conceivably bring order to the jumbled, disparate systems that now manage our medical histories, which are typically scattered across the records systems of multiple physician's offices and hospitals rather than one centralized location.

Even in the digital age, patients find their info can not be easily shared between doctors, especially among different hospitals or clinics. If their efforts showed positive results, then both the medical organisations as well as consumers will have a reason to be happy. It has also recruited some A-listed developers involved with FHIR, which is an increasingly popular protocol for exchanging electronic health records. Health experts call this an interoperability crisis. The first is The Argonaut Project, a private initiative to promote the adoption of open standards for health information. Google shut down its initial product, Google Health, in 2011 due to a lack of traction. Odey Holdings AG now owns 1,273 shares of the iPhone maker's stock worth $147,000 after buying an additional 273 shares in the last quarter.

Apple declined to comment on CNBC's report, and its reps didn't respond to our requests for additional information.

More recently, Apple recruited Sumbul Desai, MD, from Stanford, where she has been involved in several successful digital projects.

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