The announcement comes only days before the new iPhones, and perhaps even the iWatch, are announced. HealthKit is expected to have a major role in the iOS 8 which will debut with the iPhone 6. The health data aggregation platform will be accessible to users through a dedicated Health app, though other companies will be able to tune into the system as well, and build apps with new features.
Meanwhile, the market for consumer health data is booming in the U.S. with one data broker, IMS Health, saying it aggregates information from 100,000 companies, some of which make apps.
According to health data privacy advocates like Dr. Deborah C. Peel, this is a huge win for consumers. “That’s what we’re seeking from all of the 100,000 of the companies that are now selling health data,” he said.