Apple wants the iPhone to be a hub for your medical data

Apple wants the iPhone to be a hub for your medical data

Apple wants the iPhone to be a hub for your medical data

Having access to complete records and medical history would go a long way toward demystifying our medical records and bringing much-needed transparency to the process. Apple is rumored to be looking at startups in the space which could be acquired. With this, Apple is trying to fix a huge problem the medical community has been facing for years. They are not able to share their data with a doctor sitting at one corner of the country or say, world.

In the recent months, Apple Inc (AAPL) has been holding talks with and a number health IT industry groups which according to trusted sources are considering ways to make this dream a reality.

The company has also hired some of the top developers involved with FHIR, an increasingly popular protocol for exchanging electronic health records.

These include "The Argonaut Project", a private sector initiative that is promoting the adoption of open standards for health information, and "The Carin Alliance", an organization that is looking to give patients a central role in controlling their own medical data. Google created Google Health as a web-based patient health record service but shut it down in 2011 due to a lack of any real interest. Apple has also raised the entry bar for medical and health apps sold in its iOS App Store, a sign it takes personal health information privacy seriously. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 343,783,273 shares of the iPhone maker's stock valued at $49,387,905,000 after buying an additional 6,237,609 shares during the period.

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Apple also has other edges. The provider has lately held talks with hospitals, developers and other industry groups. Apple has been typically mum on the developments and CNBC, which first reported Apple's latest intentions for healthcare, said the works has thus far been "secretive".

Apple, however, has a good track record for its products and has been building up a high-profile team with hires such as Ricky Bloomfield, a physician and former director of mobile strategy at Duke University, and Mike Evans, who previously led the digital preventive medicine team at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto.

Apple declined to comment on this report.

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