Apple is reportedly working with Health Gorilla to add diagnostic data to the iPhone by integrating with hospitals and lab-testing companies such as Quest and LabCorp and imaging centers.
Health Gorilla works with physicians to provide them with the "complete picture of patient health history," according to its website. It serves as a marketplace for doctors to allow them to place orders and share medical records. But it also has a free offering for patients, which promises to gather up medical information in 10 minutes.
In that sense, sources told CNBC that Apple is attempting to solve the "interoperability" problem by making the patient the center of their own care. This in turn would provide the iPhone users with tools to review, store and share their own medical information, including lab results, allergy lists and more. From that end, we would expect the new offering to first be included in CareKit, and expand from there.
Meanwhile, other major players such as Google, Microsoft and Samsung, are also beefing-up their healthcare offerings to include additional services to their platforms. Samsung has recently added telehealth visits to its Samsung Health app, whereas Google has a range of subsidiaries dealing with a number of life science fields.