Reuters is reporting that Apple’s HealthKit is being used by Stanford University Hospital and Duke University in two important clinical trials. The hospitals are reportedly preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple’s HealthKit. According to the report, Stanford University Hospital doctors are working with Apple to track blood sugar levels for children with diabetes, while Duke University is developing a pilot to track blood pressure, weight and other measurements for patients with cancer or heart disease.
HealthKit aims to centralize medical information from various health apps with patients’ consent allowing doctors to access the information from one place.
The goal is to improve the accuracy and speed of reporting data, which often is done by phone and fax now,” Christina Farr reports for Reuters, “Potentially doctors would be able to warn patients of an impending problem. The pilot programs will be rolled out in the coming weeks.”