Your doctor doesn’t really care about your health stats: knowing that you’ve met your goal of walking 10,000 steps every day doesn’t really give a medical professional a reason to sit up and pay attention. As long as you’re continuing to stay in good health, your fitness records are probably only interesting to you (even if they’re invaluable for improving your own performance).
Instead, doctors are interested in your medical records — and the technology that may make those records truly portable.
The Real Reason Doctors Care About Healthkit
Doctors are particularly interested in Apple’s new Healthkit app because of their interest in better handling patients’ records. While the app seems like a Quantified Self adherent’s dream, there are subtle indications that Apple is thinking much better. While screen caps of the Healthkit app show that it will pull together fitness data under one roof, they also show tools for the following information:
- What medications the user takes
- The user’s vital signs
- The user’s lab results
- Diagnostic data and tools
While this data is clearly useful for individual users who want to manage their own health better, doctors and other medical professional may find it equally useful.
Right now, if your current doctor wants to know what tests your last doctor conducted, the odds are pretty good that she’ll have to contact that doctor’s office for the information — and may have to wait for … Read MoreRead More