Verona, Wisconsin– With every type of tracking device under the sun at our disposal, the real question has become, what are we to do with this agglomeration of endless data? The digital data tracking revolution is upon us and it can be overwhelming, especially for healthcare providers. More doctors every day are getting data from health trackers thrown in their faces with a “what do I do now, doc?” The rollout of Apple’s HealthKit and partnering up with Epic may be part of the solution to that overarching question.
Epic, a leader in Electronic Health Records, is working on bringing Apple’s HealthKit data to researchers and health care providers. This power couple is striving to turn incomprehensible health data into meaningful and even actionable health data. Epic’s community that already caters to over 170 million patients a year, will soon be able to use HealthKit through Epic’s MyChart application. An application that Epic maintains is the most popular patient portal in the United States.
Wary of throwing your private health information into the digital abyss? The permission-based handoff of health information ensures that your health data only goes directly to systems that you allow access to and it will never be shared to your iCloud or with any other app.
HealthKit will essentially act as a data receptacle until Epic’s MyChart app transmits it back to the Epic EHR system. Bridging this gap between personal health tracking and traditional healthcare data is imperative in order to bring value to our data.