Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is connecting the data from Apple’s HealthKit platform with patient records, marking the largest integration yet for the tech company’s foray into the health industry.
The hospital updated its online medical records system for more than 80,000 of its patients, Darren Dworkin, chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai, said.
“This is just another set of data that we’re confident our physicians will take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments,” Dworkin said. “We don’t really, fully know and understand how patients will want to use this and we’re going to basically stand ready to learn by what will happen.”
Weight, blood pressure, steps taken, glucose levels and oxygen saturation levels are among the kinds of data monitored through HealthKit; and all of these data points will now be available to Cedars-Sinai doctors.
“Rather than turn it on as sort of an opt-in, we’ve basically enabled it for all of our patients,” Dworkin said. “The opt-out is just don’t use it.”
More than 900 health, medical and fitness apps are now integrated with HealthKit, according to Apple. Among medical centers connected to the system are the Mayo Clinic and Duke University.