Click here to close now.



Welcome!

Wearables Authors: SmartBear Blog, Kevin Jackson, Elizabeth White, Scott Allen, Teridion Blog

Blog Feed Post

Apple Health and HealthKit

Apple Health

When Apple unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC on June 2, it officially marked Apple’s entry into the mobile health and Quantified Self arena. While iOS 8 doesn’t revolve around health as early reports suggested, it was one of the most exciting new aspects of the mobile OS.

“Health” (the name of the app) and “HealthKit” (Apple’s health-tracking data platform) are not just another counting steps or sleep app. As everyone knows, there are plenty of apps already covering that ground. Instead, Health pulls data from the third-party apps you’re already using into an easy-to-read dashboard.

Apple Health

This means you will no longer have to check three or four different apps to track your progress – you’ll get a clear and current overview of your health inside the app. Health will track 60 different types of data and will let you create an “emergency card,” with information like your blood type and allergies, which will be accessible from your lock screen.

Right Place, Right Time

Health comes along at the perfect time. The health and fitness market, and the connected health app business, have never been bigger… or more fragmented. There are a handful of awesome apps (like MyFitnessPal) and awesome gadgets (like the Jawbone UP24), but each operates independently. To live the Quantified Self lifestyle right now, you need to actively use a handful of apps and an Excel spreadsheet to analyze the data and make it actionable. The goal of Health and its centralized dashboard is to eliminate the need for Excel or any other data aggregation tools.

The amount of health and fitness monitoring platforms that Health manages is bigger than most (if not all) other health apps. Even the best apps from The SmartphoneDiet™ pale in comparison. MyFitnessPal helps you count calories, but that’s about it. UP by Jawbone tracks your movement and sleep, but it’s all centered round the Jawbone ecosystem. Withings WiFi Scales measures your weight and body fat, but not your activity. Health covers all of that.

Sharing Your Information

More importantly, Health can automatically send and receive data to and from your doctors. If a reading out of the ordinary, your doctor will know about it when you do. Health creates a golden triangle between patients, monitoring technology and healthcare professionals. This type of data collection was first made possible in the iPhone 5S, thanks to its M7 co-processor. Yes, that means iOS 8 and Health will run on older phones, but deliver full functionality only on newer devices.

If you’re worried about privacy, and you should be, Apple is making sure you can very clearly choose what data an app can share with Health. Want to keep everything separate? No problem.

The complete list of apps Health will work with is unclear. But Apple said it will work with Nike, and in the first ad for Health, Apple showed customers using third-party accessories like the Withings Health Mate, Misfit Shine and Adidas miCoach Smart Ball, as well as apps like Wemo, Wahoo Fitness and Nike+ Running.

Considering Health is one of the focal points of iOS 8, and considering this is Apple, figure most (but not all) of your fitness apps will be compatible.

Health vs. HealthKit

This is where HealthKit comes in. Apple is giving developers all the tools they need to make their apps more useful to you; they can now have their apps automatically share certain information (like blood pressure readings) with your doctor. It also makes life easier for those developers, who don’t have to create custom ways to interact with other apps. If the app is built using HealthKit, it’ll just work.

Speaking of communicating with doctors, Apple partnered with The Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems (which accounts for over half of all medical records in the U.S.) to make sharing records and data with your health providers as easy as possible. No other partnerships were announced, but a successful launch of Health could have companies lining up to get involved.

Not everyone is thrilled with Health and HealthKit, though. Any health apps that generate revenue from in-app ads could have less eyes on those ads if Health is able to pull all necessary info from those apps. And that’s to say nothing of the Australian company HealthKit, which has nothing to do with Apple, iOS 8 or Apple’s version of HealthKit. One would assume that Apple reached out to the Aussie’s and offered to purchase healthkit.com and @healthkit… actually… no, no it didn’t. What a surprise.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it’s challenging to understand all the options – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service). In her session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Hannah Smalltree, a director at Cazena, will provide an educational overview of emerging “as-a-service” options for Big Data in the cloud. This is critical background for IT and data profes...
SYS-CON Events announced today that VAI, a leading ERP software provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Part...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Fortunately, meaningful and tangible business cases for IoT are plentiful in a broad array of industries and vertical markets. These range from simple warranty cost reduction for capital intensive assets, to minimizing downtime for vital business tools, to creating feedback loops improving product design, to improving and enhancing enterprise customer experiences. All of these business cases, which will be briefly explored in this session, hinge on cost effectively extracting relevant data from ...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
As enterprises work to take advantage of Big Data technologies, they frequently become distracted by product-level decisions. In most new Big Data builds this approach is completely counter-productive: it presupposes tools that may not be a fit for development teams, forces IT to take on the burden of evaluating and maintaining unfamiliar technology, and represents a major up-front expense. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Warfield, CTO and Co-Founder of Coho Data, will dis...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including clou...
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's ha...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless...
The IoT's basic concept of collecting data from as many sources possible to drive better decision making, create process innovation and realize additional revenue has been in use at large enterprises with deep pockets for decades. So what has changed? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Prasanna Sivaramakrishnan, Solutions Architect at Red Hat, discussed the impact commodity hardware, ubiquitous connectivity, and innovations in open source software are having on the connected universe of people, thi...
WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.
For manufacturers, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a jumping-off point for innovation, jobs, and revenue creation. But to adequately seize the opportunity, manufacturers must design devices that are interconnected, can continually sense their environment and process huge amounts of data. As a first step, manufacturers must embrace a new product development ecosystem in order to support these products.
There are so many tools and techniques for data analytics that even for a data scientist the choices, possible systems, and even the types of data can be daunting. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Harrold, Global CTO for Big Data Solutions for EMC Corporation, showed how to perform a simple, but meaningful analysis of social sentiment data using freely available tools that take only minutes to download and install. Participants received the download information, scripts, and complete end-t...
Manufacturing connected IoT versions of traditional products requires more than multiple deep technology skills. It also requires a shift in mindset, to realize that connected, sensor-enabled “things” act more like services than what we usually think of as products. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, discussed how when sensors start generating detailed real-world data about products and how they’re being used, smart manufacturers can use the dat...
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...