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Senior citizens should consider success of wireless health apps – life-saving idea

Apple leading with help of many others to promote better health through smartphones

July 28, 2015 – Senior citizens, often not on the leading edge of using new technology, may want to push themselves a little to look at the rapidly growing use of health apps, often for smart phones, that thousands of seniors and others are using to achieve better health and avoid deadly events like heart attacks.

“Smartphone apps are the latest tools to emerge from the intersection of health care and Silicon Valley, where tech companies are also working on new ways of bringing patients and doctors together online, applying massive computing power to analyze DNA and even developing ingestible ‘smart’ pills for detecting cancer,” according to Brandon Bailey, a technology writer with the Associated Press.


He has just published a news report, Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research, that reports “More than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps, built with software Apple Inc. developed to help turn the popular smartphone into a research tool,” he writes.

“Once enrolled, iPhone owners use the apps to submit data on a daily basis, by answering a few survey questions or using the iPhone's built-in sensors to measure their symptoms.”

AP Photo-Bailey_smartphoneBailey features a 56-year-old Parkinson’s disease patients working to “live a normal life” and is enrolled in a clinical trial, where she uses her iPhone together information about her condition, such as her walking gait.

Apple is deadly serious about the use of smart phones to achieve better health.

HealthKit was introduced in June of last year. The Economic Times reported it will allow users to monitor their health while also keeping track of any information they accrue through fitness apps like Nike Plus.

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The company is also working with hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers like Mayo Clinic to create a bridge between provider and patient for health information. By doing this, users of the app will be notified when certain metrics, like their weight and calorie intake, are outside of healthy ranges.

HealthKit works with third-party apps. These Health & Fitness Apps do not work standalone, Apple promises. HealthKit is a central platform for health information. Apple has been working with the Mayo Clinic and Nike to develop this, but also with many other clinics.

One of the clinics is Radboud University Medical Center in the list, the University Hospital in Nijmegen. Apple is also working with health care providers to integrate into other applications.

● Apple HealthKit website

Healthkit Compatible Devices

Health Apps that Work

Understanding Apple Health-Tracking Software - YouTube

Bloomberg’s Tim Higgins discusses Apple’s health-tracking software on “Bloomberg West.”


In March of this year, Apple announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.


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