Apple Health Kit & The Impending Mobile Health Uprising

For those of you who may have missed it, one of the most exciting announcements of Apple’s 2014 WWDC was its entrance into the mobile health industry.  The Apple Health App aims to be your daily health hub, aggregating data from mobile health devices, sensors, and apps into a one stop shop for all your health monitoring needs.  As the mobile health sector continues to explode, the technology will not only become more refined and less expensive, but will also become effortless to use.  Like a necklace around your neck or the ring on your finger, wearable health devices will become an integral part of our daily lives, silently collecting data with so much ease we’ll forget it’s even happening.  And Apple Health Kit just made it so much easier.

Up until now, the mobile health sector lacked the platform needed to unify a fractured market consisting of hundreds of current and potential health monitoring devices and their associated mobile apps.  Logging into 10 different health apps a day is not only inconvenient from a user standpoint, but allows none of the data to work together harmoniously for a more detailed picture of health.  For example, you may log your daily caloric intake into one, but your fitness app knows you went for that 10 mile run burning off designated calories.  Unless the two work together, you will get a splintered idea of your health for the day.  With Health Kit, developers will have all the tools they need to integrate with Apples Health App, unifying the experience for users, marking the beginning of a mobile health revolution.

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Imagine waking up in the morning with a detailed picture of your sleep pattern as you eat and log your breakfast.  You might then proceed to your 30 minute workout before work, all tracked seamlessly in app.  You may then check your blood pressure, while your steps into the office are documented.  Later, as you sit at your desk, the app might inform you your blood sugar is running low, triggering you to head off to lunch.  As you enter a restaurant your phone may inform you of the best menu options to satisfy your calorie objectives.  Right around closing time, you might change into your gym clothes and hit your spin class on the way home, as it monitors you heart rate in the background.  And you’ll end your day with a targeted meal, as you look back on all the data collected for the day.  This are just a few potentialities of a virtually limitless pool of interactive scenarios fused with digital health.

Here at Odyssey, we have had the opportunity to develop an exciting glucose monitoring app which is a perfect example of the types of mobile app developments that will truly benefit users by integrating with the mobile health kit provided by Apple.  By integrating with Apple Health App, users will be given the added convenience of accessing their glucose data through their central mobile health hub, as well as the ability to use the data in combination with other apps, such as one that monitors caloric sugar intake, for a more meaningful picture of their condition.  For instance, a user may discover that eating a certain food during their lunch seemed to cause a sharp increase in blood glucose.  Knowing such will be invaluable for continued maintenance and is just the type of scenario Apple aims to provide for by allowing our health apps to work together seamlessly.

I don’t know about you, but the possibilities are truly exciting as we further merge our physical and digital lives.  It is only a matter of time before mobile health monitoring becomes a fundamental part of our daily activities.  Stay tuned with us as we keep up with advancements in the industry.