Apple IOS8 HealthKit: App Trends to Watch Out for

HealthKit provides an insightful dashboard where one can monitor important health metrics on a daily basis, while also stepping back to examine your fitness trends over a longer period of time.

Apple unveiled HealthKit at WWDC along with a host new shiny updates to iOS8, it's a new app bundled with iOS 8 that's designed to help users keep track of their personal health and fitness data.

HealthKit provides an insightful dashboard where one can monitor important health metrics on a daily basis, while also stepping back to examine your fitness trends over a longer period of time. To centralize everything, HealthKit allows health and fitness apps to tap into the central secure repository of vital health information.

Microsoft's HealthVault and Google Health, introduced in the United States in 2007 and 2008 respectively, offer similar open platforms that allow people to store and manage their health information, including immunizations, disease history and prescriptions in one place, with access to the records possible via various devices or mobile applications. Market was waiting for this update from apple and we will be seeing a lot of apps and accessories soon. We are predicting following app trends to watch out for:

1. Better fitness apps

The calorie conscious and fitness freaks have a reason to rejoice with introduction of HealthKit for iOS 8. As the vital drivers for health collected from different apps will be in one place instead of having multiple apps. It will be easier to watch calorie intake which will help in maintaining optimal weight suggested by a physician. Easier to track how much calories needs to be burnt to reach a goal set by the physician.

Personal fitness monitoring will be easier, detailed and streamlined. With help of HealthKit integration the data of user's blood pressure or heart rate can be monitored, if is reached above the recommended level due to excess workout it can be used to alert the user to slow down. Sleep cycles can be tracked to know how well user sleeps on day of workout and day without any workout. You will know how a calorie intake affects the sleep cycle and vice-versa.

2. Sports coaching on steroids

Successful coaching is about continuous monitoring and providing prompt assessment based on this information. For both coach and athletes it's important to monitor their work program so that they can maintain high performance throughout the season. Day-to-day activities such as sleep patterns, food, workout regimen, their body monitoring details such as heart rate, calories consumed and burnt need to be closely monitored by the coach. This is required so that Athletes can be kept at their prime through their respective season. Coaches can then fine tune their offerings that could be tailor-made for each athlete.

Coaches and Clubs can then make use of these platforms and apps to provide custom focus on their athletes. Athletes would be using these apps on their iOS devices (smartphones/accessories) throughout their daily routine. This data would be tracked through HealthKit and thus would be available for other 3rd party apps to consume. Clubs and Coaches would be able to track this data on dashboards and graphs that can provide interesting insights and suggestions based on comparison and historical data. With the world moving towards fine-tuning every service provided, we believe that HealthKit can play an important role in providing top-class health tracking facilities and solutions for athletes.

3. Better healthcare for all.

iOS 8 offers developers robust frameworks including HealthKit APIs that provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage and monitor your health and fitness.

For example, your blood pressure app could share its data with a physician app, such as the Mayo Clinic app, so your doctor can provide high-quality guidance and care.

We believe Apple's HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people. We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app. - Dr John H. Noseworthy, CEO, Mayo Clinic

Thanks to an array of small devices and applications for smartphones that gather vital health information and store it electronically, consumers can take a more active role in managing their own care, often treating chronic illnesses — and preventing acute ones — without the direct aid of a physician. The Affordable Care Act is expected to push more medical billing from the traditional fee-for-service model to the new fee-for-performance model; in other words, hospitals will get paid to keep people healthy. Keeping people healthy will force healthcare providers to do things such as prevent readmission back to a hospital for an infection or relapse after a treatment, or keep people from needing a hospital stay at all. And that will happen only if providers have some insight into what patients are doing at home.

Having the best Healthcare along with their job is always a boon for the employees. Thus Employers are driven to provide the best health care that suits their Employees that will take care of their medical requirements. This provides a peace of mind that their health and their families as well are taken care of by their company. With the introduction of HealthKit, we see a surge in health-based apps within the Enterprise space as well. These apps will be able to track the daily health monitoring of the employees and their medical records can be mutually shared with their respective companies. This information can then be used to come up with the best mutually useful HealthCare options for the Employees.

4. HealthKit and family

Along with HealthKit another nice touch that ios8 brings is family sharing. In the future we will be seeing a range of apps that will take family healthcare to the next level. The use cases would be as how kids can remotely monitor the health of older parents, neo natal care, monitoring and prevention of lifestyle diseases in the family. Apple HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people.

5. Accessories

Accessories developers will be coming up with better integrated apps. Nike FuelBand, Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System will be pushing the boundaries and working towards a symbiotic relationship. While Mobile apps are making the revolution in the Health Industry we can see the lots of accessories coming up in the market which would be integrated to the health kit gives more scope to the user to share their information with selected people like family, doctors and more. Obviously, HealthKit could very well be the foundation for the iWatch, the wearable that Apple's supposedly been working on for a while. We imagine it could be used to sync with Apple's Health app so you could view all of your fitness data in one handy, wrist-worn location.

Future for HealthKit is great if Apple can pull it off. Letting different apps and devices talk to each other essentially makes your iPhone center of your lifestyle. As a stream of new accessories and apps place a renewed focus on health and fitness, HealthKit is a well-timed attempt by Apple to make the fan boys fanatics.