WWDC: Apple opens Health Records application programming interface to developers

WWDC: Apple opens Health Records application programming interface to developers

Today at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple delivered a Health Records API [application programming interface] for developers and researchers to create an ecosystem of apps that use health record data to better manage medications, nutrition plans, diagnosed diseases and more.

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Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 available soon from Apple retail

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 available soon from Apple retail

Everything is getting smarter, including your toothbrush. Colgate announced today the release of the new $99.95 Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1, which not only monitors brushing but is integrated with Apple ResearchKit so that the dental hygiene company can "anticipate the future of oral care."

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Play a game, help dementia researchers

Play a game, help dementia researchers

One of the issues that researchers looking into the causes and cures for dementia run into is not having enough data to know when a person begins to show symptoms of the disease. The folks at GLITCHERS and scientists from University College London, University of East Anglia, and Alzheimer's Research created an iOS game called Sea Hero Quest that leverages Apple's ResearchKit framework to let researchers capture anonymized data for study.

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Apple considered a purchase of Crossover Health

Apple considered a purchase of Crossover Health

Apple was in talks for months to buy Crossover Health, but those talks fell through, claims CNBC, quoting three “sources familiar with the matter.” The article says it’s not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch.

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Apple hires HealthKit and ResearchKit pioneer

Apple hires HealthKit and ResearchKit pioneer

Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, a doctor on the forefront of implementing both Apple HealthKit and Apple ResearchKit in his position as director of Mobile Strategy at Duke University, will leave Duke to take a position on Apple's health team. A colleague of Bloomfield's broke the news on Twitter today and Apple confirmed the news.

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