In Case You Missed It: Apple Unveils Apple Watch, HealthKit App

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Last week Apple unveiled its Apple Watch and HealthKit app to much fanfare. But how these new technologies will fit into or transform the healthcare landscape remains to be seen. Catch up on HDM’s coverage and analysis of the event to see how these products could impact the healthcare industry:

Apple Watch takes tech giant into new territory

Apple on Sept. 9 unveiled a new product category for the Cupertino-Calif.-based company—a smartwatch designed to provide consumers with a variety of technology services including comprehensive health and fitness apps to help them lead healthier lives

Success of consumer-based Apple Watch tied to healthcare stakeholders

Apple’s launch of its long-awaited Apple Watch device could revolutionize the mobile health care market by capturing the hearts and minds of consumers. However, two industry analysts say the success of this smart watch with health/activity tracking capabilities hinges on more than just the ability of Apple to attract hordes of consumer users.

Better medication adherence a potential use for Apple Watch

The age of wearable technology took a huge step forward on Sept. 9 as Apple introduced Apple Watch, available in early 2015. What really excites Michael Mytych, principal at Health Information Consulting in Menomonee Falls, Wis., is the potential of Apple Watch to vastly improve medication adherence by tracking when medications should be taken and sending a reminder to an individual who is wearing the watch.

Mayo Clinic lends support to Apple product launch

In a show of support for Apple’s Sept. 9 launch of new products, officials from the Mayo Clinic attended the high-profile media event near the tech giant’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. John Wald, M.D., medical director for public affairs at Mayo Clinic, told Health Data Management on his way to the Apple media extravaganza that the two organizations have been working together for several years now.

Apple, others struggle with data use in changing world

Apple Computer is trying to be sensitive to how consumer health data in apps using its HealthKit software development platform will be used, as evidenced by the vendor’s rules which include significant protections for consumers.

Conn. Attorney General Wants to Talk Privacy with Apple

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen wants assurance from Apple Corp. that the Apple Watch product coming in 2015 has sufficient privacy protections.

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