Apple on Monday touted its working with the Mayo Clinic as it rolled out an app that would piece together healthcare information from many third-party apps – including one from Mayo – to give consumers a comprehensive medical view on a mobile device.
The new offering is called Apple HealthKit, although the app itself is simply called Health. It is impressive in its ability to present patients and doctors with a holistic view of medical data. The power of HealthKit, though, relies on changes in an Apple development tradition, where data for any app cannot be accessed by any other app or (for the most part) by the operating system. Although that data-sharing promises huge potential healthcare benefits, it also raises serious questions about security and privacy.
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