Apple has been talking to major healthcare providers, such as Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX), about how its HealthKit service can benefit them by storing health data. The talks don’t mean that any of the healthcare providers are committing to HealthKit, but it does show interest in the possibility of having all health data available in a single spot, reports Reuters.
Apple’s HealthKit won’t likely go without its challenges. Depending on who is shares information with and what kind of information it shares, the service may have to meet requirements set up by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The tech giant is preparing for the launch of HealthKit with a team of health experts and attorneys to help it figure out how it will handle health information, Reuters notes.
It’s also possible that Apple will see a large amount of HealthKit apps coming from International Business Machines (IBM). IBM is expected to release over 100 apps for the iPhone and iPad and many of them could be centered on health, reports Forbes.