Apple is reportedly in talks with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to give veterans access to electronic records on…
Apple is reportedly in talks with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to give veterans access to electronic records on the iPhone, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . Such a deal can help Apple make significant progress in its efforts to collaborate with more medical institutions and turn its mobile operating system into a storage for storage and sharing of health data.
The company began to discuss the plan with the Agency last year, by email WSJ and it is unclear how the project has developed since. However, it seems that Apple could be used to migrate medical records for as many as 9 million US veterans to dedicated iOS software, to simplify hospital visits and possibly improve the care and treatment period. Apple is also said to potentially provide technical support to the agency as part of the deal. Below the way, WSJ reports that Apple can try to offer subscription to healthcare services, such as prescription remedies, through the Health app, a 1
5 or 30 percent cut-off that can go to Apple if it is able to get terms similar to the App Store.
The company first began to allow patients to import medical records, including allergies and laboratory tests, to their Health app back in January, and it has been steadily adding in support of more healthcare institutes since. This deal with Veterans Affairs would mean a significantly greater investment in Apple’s care place, which has used its Health App and Apple Watch wearable to try to break into the multi-billion dollar market.
Apple Watch measures the user’s heart rate and other training measurements, and the newest Series 4 model can perform an electrocardiogram or ECG for which it successfully applied for FDA approval. Apple has also allowed patients to share information with specialized medical devices using its CareKit platform and provides the ResearchKit platform for medical studies. Back in February, Apple announced the launch of its own medical clinics for employees and their families, under the brand AC Wellness.
Apple is not alone in its aspiration to become a technologically focused player in the healthcare market, which has opposite efforts from Silicon Valley to improve accessibility of patient healthcare due to a number of technical and integrity barriers.
Google’s parent company Alphabet has a special bioscience research subsidiary called Verily and a life-extension effort called Calico, both of which can benefit from easier access to broader health data sets and research results. Google just employed this past month a former hospital chief executive officer, David Feinberg, from a company called Geisinger, which led to the use of electronic records, to lead their various health-related initiatives. And during the summer, Amazon bought online drug launch PillPack, as part of its quest to enter the healthcare market and also better compete with marble pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens.