Following reports of Apple working on making the iPhone a ‘one-stop shop’ for one’s medical reports, a new report from CNBC details that the company is working with a new start-up called Health Gorilla on this feature.
The startup and the world’s biggest company are working to add diagnostic data to the Health app in iOS by integrating with lab-testing companies like Quest and LabCorp and imaging centers.
The startup was co-founded by CEO Steve Yaskin, Alex Minkin, and Andrei Zudin, and has raised $5 million in funding so far. The startup aims to replace the “costly process of ordering medical diagnostic tests, radiology studies and medical consultations with an elegant mobile solution.”
Sources told CNBC that Apple is attempting to solve this “interoperability” problem by making the patient the center of their own care. The goal is to give iPhone users the tools to review, store and share their own medical information, including lab results, allergy lists and so on. That’s a deviation in strategy from Apple’s current health efforts, which have focused on aggregating fitness information like the number of steps taken during the day or hours of sleep.
Apart from Health Gorilla, Apple is also working with The Argonaut Project and The Cairn Alliance to integrate the Health app with their database.
Right now, medical records of patients are scattered with different imaging labs and hospitals, with no way for them to see them all under one roof. By integrating the Health app with hospital’s record systems, Apple wants the iPhone to act as a central hub for one’s medical records. This will also make it easier for one to share their medical record history with doctors and third-party apps for better and easier diagnostic.[Via CNBC]