Apple made two big announcements yesterday, from a healthcare technology perspective. It introduced the iPhone 6 which features several new health apps, and the Apple Watch which contains an accelerometer, heart monitor, and links to the iPhone GPS. Both the Watch and the apps are riding the trend of enabling consumers to take control of their health. Both are very well designed for this, as is typical of Apple products.
Apple has added a cool feature which allows the consumer to create an "emergency card" that includes data like their blood type or allergies. I find this attractive. It's like an electronic Medic Alert medallion.
While the blood pressure app can be sent directly to the consumer's doctor, showing her or her exactly how the blood pressure is trending, notice that I am calling the user a "consumer" and not a "patient." That is because I know that Apple does not want to cross that fine line between consumer information and medical information just yet. Sharing medical information is a much more complicated transaction that includes being HIPAA compliant. Still all the framework is there for the time when this can be done.
It's worth watching. Usually Apple is further along than they let on. They may already be moving towards bringing their new technologies into the heavily regulated healthcare environment.