In March, Apple introduced CareKit, its third open-source medical framework, and starting April 28 the first applications benefitting from CareKit are available. The CareKit service is also available to GitHub's developer community.
While ResearchKit and HealthKit are largely about helping researchers and physicians better understand diseases and conditions, CareKit is designed to help individuals better understand and manage their own health by learning from insights developed from everyone's data.
"Apps created with ResearchKit are already producing medical insights and discoveries at a pace and scale never seen before," Apple explains on its site. "That success inspired us to widen the scope … to personal care with the introduction of CareKit…"
It's part of a what consulting firm McKinsey & Company has called an "era of open information in healthcare" that's creating "major opportunities" through the integration of data pools. The game-changing opportunity in CareKit is for individuals to clearly see and understand their data, and ultimately to act on insights derived from a large community of contributors
Over the last month, Apple has worked with three startups, and the result is four updated applications:
Statista expects the digital healthcare market -- a combination of wireless, mobile, and telehealth technologies -- to be worth $233.3 billion by 2020. It's a big reason why Apple and other tech firms want their own piece of the pie, especially as the Internet of Things makes this sort of healthcare tracking possible.
As part of the trend, Nokia announced its acquisition of health and fitness device-maker Withings for $191 million on April 26. According to Nokia's statement:
Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives.Michelle Maisto is a writer, a reader, a plotter, a cook, and a thinker whose career has revolved around food and technology. She has been, among other things, the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise Magazine, a reporter on consumer mobile products and wireless networks for ... View Full Bio