Apple announced its entry into the healthcare segment with the help of CareKit in March 2016. Yesterday, the brand finally announced the release of the first set of CareKit apps which will help people manage their disease or health issues.
Currently, the CareKit apps release by Apple aims to help Diabetics, pregnant women, and people suffering from depression. Where the app for diabetes help patients manages their health problem, the one for depression helps patients understand whether the medicines are helping them. Apple has been trying to enter the health care world with Apple Watch for quite some time. The brand is slowly but surely becoming one of the fitness brands.
What exactly is CareKit? It is an open software platform by the help of which developers can create iPhone apps that would help people manage different health problems. When CareKit was announced last month, Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer had said, “We’re thrilled with the profound impact ResearchKit has already had on the pace and scale of conducting medical research, and have realised that many of the same principles could help with individual care. We believe that giving individuals the tools to understand what is happening with their health is incredibly powerful, and apps designed using CareKit make this a reality by empowering people to take a more active role in their care.”
With the presence of health-related CareKit apps on iPhones, patients will be provided with different useful features like informing friends or family members at times of emergency, monitor symptoms, share information about the condition with Doctors, Nurses, etc. For the CareKit apps to be successful on iPhones, Apple needs to pull reliable, expert medical professionals on the platform. Moving to the developers, CareKit is now available on GitHub for app development.
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