Little by little, Apple is strengthening its platform for health For one day, perhaps, make the iPhone an indispensable tool for technology users who are most concerned with their well-being and medical care. One of the most significant steps towards this goal was the launch of the Health Record feature in iOS 11.3, which allows users to gather all their medical data (history, tests, medications, laboratory results, vital signs, allergies, conditions , procedures and more) on the Ma platform.
The tool is gradually being released to health organizations, for now only in the United States (the full list of institutions can be found here). Now Ma is planning to take the next step in expanding the feature with focus on a specific group: US war veterans.
Who reported was the Wall street journal: Ma would be arguing with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (the government department dedicated to dealing with veterans and protecting their interests) the ability to offer all 9 million of veterans in the country migrate their health data to the company's platform. Such a transfer would occur through special software, which would provide tools for users to make the process as simple as possible.
Discussions with the department began last year and there is still no information on their progress, but they indicate a renewed impetus from Apple regarding its health platform. The idea, after all, is not simply a self-inflicted coup by Cupertino: having access to 9 million users' health records would be a quick and effective way to expand the database for research, public and market interest on the platform. company.
Another indication of this venture is Ma's alleged plan, also revealed by WSJ, in which one of the next new features of the Sade app would be the possibility for users to subscribe to services such as the replacement of prescription drugs directly from the platform. Such a feature would work just like App Store subscriptions, with Apple taking between 15% and 30% of revenue generated from the service.
They are promising prospects, but at least for the moment quite restricted to the US and character, say, particular of your health system. It would be interesting to see Apple expand these initiatives internationally but we know we will still have to wait a while before that happens.