You iPhone could soon turn into a hub of your medical information

Marlene Weaver
June 17, 2017

Apple wants to step in and let people store all of their medical information in their iPhone and make it easily accessible.

Apple has a secretive team working on turning the iPhone into a "one-stop shop" for all your medical records, reports CNBC.

According to Cnbc.com, the new move is sure proof that indeed Apple is doing all it can towards tackling an enormous problem that the medical community has been struggling with for many years. That's the lack of data-sharing between health providers that could lead to unnecessary mistakes and missed diagnoses that could be fatal for some patients. "As health care goes digital, the promise has always been to give patients and the doctors they trust full access to their health information", he said.

Apple is being said to be in talks with health IT industry groups including "The Argonaut Project", which is promoting the adoption of open standards for health info, and "The Carin Alliance", which is an organisation that's working to offer patients a central role in controlling their own medical data. Apple has also hired several top developers involved with the FHIR protocol for exchanging electronic health records.

It might have also been too early for an effort like Google Health to succeed. Odey Holdings AG now owns 1,273 shares of the iPhone maker's stock worth $147,000 after buying an additional 273 shares in the last quarter.

In other Apple news, insider Angela J. Ahrendts sold 75,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 8th.

The report claims that Apple is nosing around for cloud hosting start-ups relating to this initiative, suggesting that Apple are exploring the feature of backing up your medical information via the cloud.

That's not to say that work has been unsuccessful; the Apple Watch made headlines recently after it was used as a platform to detect a common heart abnormality more accurately than conventional methods, and a non-invasive glucose monitoring prototype spotted on Tim Cook's wrist could make the wearable an essential medical device for millions.

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