For a long time we've been saying that Apple is quietly building health technology and wearable hardware that's ideally positioned to disrupt the health profession. Much like iTunes did to the music industry Apple's health platform will spawn an industry structured on real-time data, analysis, diagnosis and -we believe- innovative healthcare services.
Does it seem overly optimistic? We don't think so. In fact, data analysis of this nature would allow health practitioners to make more accurate recommendations.
IBM has created a new online service, called Watson Health Cloud, designed to analyze data funneled through HealthKit. It is intended to help companies and researchers find medically useful patterns in data collected via Apple’s platform, and to build tools that offer personalized medical advice based on an individual’s HealthKit data.
And if this is tied to genome mapping, we're talking about a revolutionary approach to medicine.
In a recent Freakonomics podcast, How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare? Stephen J. Dubner analyzes the state of Healthcare and he left me convinced that change is coming fast. It's really worth a listen. His position...
...a lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.
We're excited to see this play out as more apps built on Apple’s Health Platform will offer medical advice, thanks to IBM.