Apple's HealthKit Raises Concerns Among Doctors
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The upcoming release of the latest Apple mobile operating system will include HealthKit, an application (app) that allows users to collect and input information on a range of health data, including heart rate, calories burned, blood glucose, and cholesterol. However, some physicians are concerned about the potential for patient harm with this app. Dr. Rakesh Kapila, a general practitioner, questions the accuracy of the monitoring and tracking capabilities; the goals set by the app may also be unreasonable for some patients depending on their health and medical conditions. Some patients may develop anxiety over any slight changes to their health with this app, while others may not seek regular check-ups if they feel that they are healthy based on the data provided. The app could be a promising tool for diabetic patients and pregnant women, states Dr. Dushan Gunasekera, where the use of technology in monitoring vitals like blood glucose and heart rate may be extremely beneficial. Since the app is focused more on fitness than healthcare, it may motivate patients towards better health with the diet and exercise tracking features.
The iPhone 6 launch is just weeks away, but there will be much more than just one or two new phones. Of greater importance to most iPhone and iPad users is the accompanying release of iOS 8. Apple has heavily reworked its mobile operating system and the biggest change will be a drive into fitness. It is a move which has doctors concerned.