• Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA Enables Support for Apple's HealthKit Platform



    The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA recently updated its electronic health records system to support data from Appleís HealthKit platform. The move should affect over 80,000 patients as their data has been moved over to the new platform. As of right now, there donít appear to be any plans for how HealthKit data will be used. According to the hospitalís chief information officer, Darren Dworkin:

    This is just another set of data that we're confident our physicians will take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments. We don't really, fully know and understand how patients will want to use this and we're going to basically stand ready to learn by what will happen.
    For those of you who didnít know, HealthKit centralizes data from various iOS 8-connected health and fitness trackers including the Apple Watch. Normally the data is only meant for viewing in iOSí Health app but in some cases, it can be shared with doctors and medical institutions. As of right now, some of the other participating institutions include the Mayo Clinic and the Duke University Hospital.

    It was recently noted by Dworkin that in the Cedars-Sinai implementation, HealthKit data is attached to medical records by default as opposed to being an opt-in type of system. The only way to really opt-out of the system is by not using it in the first place.

    The Cupertino California company insists that HealthKit data is strictly secure. So long as the iPhone has a passcode and/or Touch ID enabled, the data is encrypted on the device as well as in backups and during uploads. Users are also given the ability to control which apps can access the data such as ones run by hospitals and insurers.

    Source: Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA Enables Support for Apple's HealthKit Platform started by Akshay Masand View original post
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