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    In what comes as a major endorsement and credibility booster for Apple's new HealthKit platform, news broke Monday that Duke and Stanford are effectively taking HealthKit for a spin to see what she can do.

    The preeminent U.S. hospitals are poised to launch trials with "diabetics and chronic disease patients" using HealthKit. If successful, Reuters reports, these efforts could indicate exactly how HealthKit will impact healthcare in the near future.

    Specifically, Stanford doctors want to use HealthKit to monitor blood sugar levels for children with diabetes. Duke University, on the other hand, hopes HealthKit can play a role in tracking blood pressure, weight and perhaps other vitals for cancer patients or those battling heart disease.

    Apple aims eventually to work with health care providers across the United States, including hospitals which are experimenting with using technology to improve preventative care to lower healthcare cost and make patients healthier.
    Apple has not yet offered comment on the deployment of HealthKit by Duke and Stanfard, but the company is definitely aware of the efforts as Apple is said to be working closely with the healthcare giants to get the trials underway.

    Source: Reuters
    2014-09-15 06:20 PM