(Updated) Health/HealthKit… & now the new Apple ‘Watch’

September 2014

At Digibody, we  continue to question the details and plans for Apple’s Watch as a new ‘companion device.’ We believe the Apple Watch is more a ‘companion’, a ‘wrist link‘ as we think of it, than a ‘watch’ per se. It is a vital link (literally collecting ‘vitals’) and a sensor hub in the Health/HealthKid system. Yet very little was revealed at the Sept 9th big announcement of the Watch, iPhone 6 and iOS 8 and Health/HealthKit connection.

What about HealthKit?

What about sensors and apps?


Dr. Apple

We understand that the past two years after the ‘iWatch’ was announced via the rumor mill that the design/engineer/marketing teams at Apple had their hands full. After all, this device would be the first big roll-out after the passing of Steve Jobs and, we know for certain, they would do their best to continue his legacy of great design, capabilities and breakthrough consumer products.

With the Watch, Apple also had to navigate the federal government and its requirements for regulating/approving medical-health devices and applications. Not an easy task, as the federal government is just now moving into the eHealth/mHealth fields while interpreting legislation and promulgating regulatory practices/policies and rules.

And then there are ‘key learnings‘ that Apple, no doubt, was gleaning from its competitors in the smartwatch arena, who preceded Apple to market and were finding both acceptance and lack of interest, intrigue and push-back. From Pebble to Fuel and any number of competitive products, Apple was learning what was working and what wasn’t, as well as looking forward at a ‘system’, a platform for application development in which no one is better than Apple. The health field especially, given the worldwide extent of healthcare/medical and fitness needs, and spending, and the rapid deployment of the worldwide wired/mobile Internet, made health apps a target for the future — and the future is now.


June 2014

WWDC – Apple World Wide Developers Conference

As the news goes worldwide, here is just a snapshot from media reports, day one as Apple announces its new Health focus, connectivity and ‘continuity’…

Apple Health App Plays to Our Laziness—and It’s Brilliant
Daily Beast
“Heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol—your health and fitness apps are great at collecting all that data. The new Health app puts that data in one place, accessible with a tap, giving you a clear and current overview of your health,” says Apple …

Apple’s Health app for iOS 8 collects your vitals from Nike and more (update)
Apple’s iPhone is going from part-time health stat monitor to full-time mobile monitoring unit. HealthKit is a new service coming to the iPhone that tracks, records and analyzes your fitness level across a variety of metrics (sleep, movement, nutrition, vital signs and more) …

Apple Gets Into Fitness Tracking With Health App and HealthKit for iOS 8
The concept is similar to Apple’s Passbook app, the iPhone’s virtual pocket for things like airline boarding passes, movie tickets and coupons. It will be able to pull in data from other third-party apps such as Nike to keep all your health-related information …

iOS 8 first look video: Apple’s Health app and emergency Medical ID
Apple Insider
One of the biggest new additions in iOS 8 is “Health,” a new application that will serve as a central place for users to track and organize all of their health-related data. With it comes a new Medical ID that could help first responders make life saving decisions…

Apple unveils HealthKit to integrate health and fitness data in iOS 8
The days of having different bits of your health and fitness data locked into half a dozen apps are numbered: At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple unveiled HealthKit, a suite of new tools for developers that will enable them to integrate …

WWDC 2014: Apple reveals ‘Health’, its new app for tracking fitness and wellbeing
The Guardian
Apple unveiled its highly anticipated health data monitoring app on Monday, announcing a slate of more than 20 medical partners in the US and Europe …

Apple officially introduces iOS 8 “Healthkit” platform & “Health” app
9 to 5 Mac
Following reports earlier this year that revealed details and screenshots of Apple’s Healthbook app, Apple today just officially announced the app confirming the details of our reports. Apple’s new platform, codenamed Healthbook, will be officially known as ‘HealthKit’ on the developer side of things, and will come with an accompanying app for iOS 8 called ‘Health’ …

Apple Worked With Mayo Clinic On iOS 8 Health App
CBS Local
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices …

Looks Like This Apple Rumor Was True
Today brings yet another surprise: Apple has released limited information and screenshots of Health, a new app that will be part of iOS 8 …

Apple Introduces HealthKit For Tracking Health And Fitness Data
Today at WWDC, Apple formally introduced HealthKit for iOS 8, the company’s first real big foray into health and fitness tracking, and Health, an app for viewing all that info …

What It Will Take for Apple to Win in Health and Home
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Anybody looking for Apple’s next big idea in personal technology may have missed it in a slew of tweaks that the company unveiled to its iPhone and iPad software on Monday. Health …

Apple Health and HealthKit for iOS 8 has your wellness at heart
Apple has turned its focus to your health with its latest version of iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad. Coming in two parts, HealthKit and Health, the app will work with third-party apps to pull together all the health-related information …

Apple HealthKit announced: a hub for all your iOS fitness
The Verge
Apple just unveiled HealthKit, a new app bundled with iOS 8 that’s designed to help users keep better track of their personal health and fitness data. HealthKit appears simply as “Health” on the iPhone home screen, and provides an easy-to-access dashboard …

Apple Unveils New Mobile Software With Health, Home Tools
Apple Inc. (AAPL) introduced new health and connected-home features for the software powering the iPhone and iPad, laying the groundwork for a busy second half of the year as the company seeks to rev up its growth …

Apple’s First Step Into Health Tracking Is Small But Powerful
“The app is a good move for Apple because anything that can simplify healthcare is smart, but what they did today was just make an entrance into the space,” said Skip Snow, a healthcare analyst at Forrester Research. “There are many apps out there …

Apple Reveals iOS 8: Interactive Notifications, Health App and More
iOS 8 has a larger emphasis on fitness through an app simply called Health. It’s supported by a service called HealthKit, which lets gives health and fitness app developers a centralized place on the iPhone to integrate their software with …

Apple seeks to make iPhone a health hub
Financial Times
Apple wants to make the iPhone into a hub for consumers’ health information from a variety of apps as it prepares the ground for the expected launch of its iWatch wearable device. A new platform called HealthKit was the centrepiece …

Apple WWDC 2014: Health apps and home automation
The Independent
If there’s a key word for Apple’s latest developer conference, it’s *continuity*. Apple exec Craig Federighi and CEO Tim Cook both mentioned it when running through the big innovations. First, a Mac and iPhone or iPad can talk to each other like never before …

Apple makes moves into health, home
Apple shared glimpses of how it plans to tackle digital health and the connected home at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference on Monday. As part of the new iOS 8 operating system, the tech giant revealed HealthKit, which appears as the ‘Health’ app …

Apple Introduces Health App, A Centralized Hub For Biometric Data
Fast Company
Ever since Tim Cook took over at Apple, analysts have been calling for the Next Big Thing, a category redefining product like the iPhone or iPad. Today onstage at the Worldwide Developer Conference (which we’re liveblogging!), Apple unveiled new software …

Apple expands into health, home with new software
Phys.Org ‎
Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health …

Apple announces iOS 8 – with Interactive Notifications
HealthKit can also share these metrics with participating hospitals, notifying your doctor of changes in your health …

Will Apple’s New Health App Actually Help Make You Healthier?
Healthkit will also allow health apps to share data, so for example, Nike’s app could use metrics like sleep and nutrition to better determine goals. Many in the tech world also say the introduction of Healthkit signals that Apple is developing a wearable device …

Apple announces Healthkit and Health app at WWDC 2014
At WWDC 2014, Apple announced their health ambitions. With Healthkit, we get a go-to source for living healthy, while their Health app will be a standalone app aimed at monitoring your health. It’s a two-pronged attack, meant to keep you healthy and fit …

Apple Flexes its Health Care Muscles
Huffington Post (blog)
If past form is anything to go by, Apple’s announcement of HealthKit as part of its latest iOS release (iOS8) at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) has marked a historic moment for digital and mobile health care …

Apple takes app-based approach to health tech with HealthKit
ZDNet ‎
Still, the announcement of HealthKit counted for barely a pulse check amid the debut of iOS 8 considering how prevalent health-focused software and hardware has been in tech news since the start of the year. Apple actually looks like it is just getting started …


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Announced at Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)



Published on : Jun 3, 2014

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