"How are you?" now has a really accurate answer, thanks to Apple's HealthKit. Health providers can now sync data with existing medical records, and even keep track of a patients' health in new ways, such as the ability to handle data entry and statistical analysis of simple health data and present the results with mobile devices.
Apple announced this new feature, HealthKit, as part of the new iOS 8 at their World Wide Developer's Conference, which will be released this coming fall. Apple's HealthKit is a framework inside Apple's XCode, and it will be used to store, retrieve, and present a user's health information on apps or third-party services.
iOS Software Engineers say that the goal of HealthKit is to handle data entry and statistical analysis of simple health data - incredibly useful for health providers to sync data with existing medical records, and even keep track of a patients health in new ways.
Developers now have the chance to create new health-related apps, or build around existing apps. The framework inside HealthKit is all about units and quantities, so users can input their information like birthdate, weight, etc. Programmers and developers can then use HealthKit to take this data and quantify it in different ways through enabled apps, services, or coding.
All of this information, including the statistical analysis that HealthKit creates, will be stored inside a database which developers will create when first working with the HealthKit framework. This frameworks provides developers with a chance to make apps around working out, eating right, sleeping right, and more all within the HealthKit framework.
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