Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps
CUPERTINO, California (AP) - Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions - from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.
While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp on a new ecosystem of treatment programs. The tech giant developed a set of software tools and templates, called "CareKit," that health-care groups and health-tech startups can use to create their own programs.
Apple says it wanted to help developers build easy-to-use apps for patients to record symptoms, get useful information, track their progress and even send reports to a doctor. Experts say the CareKit program could help bring standards to a relatively new and unruly industry.