The news: Apple released a 60-page report detailing how its work in healthcare is important. It includes descriptions of its contributions to “science-based technology” through its clinical research partnerships.
Key details: Apple describes how it’s improving accessibility to health data for patients and healthcare providers as well as researchers and study participants.
“Our vision for the future is to continue to create science-based technology that equips people with even more information and acts as an intelligent guardian for their health, so they’re no longer passengers on their own health journey,” says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in a statement. "Instead, we want people to be firmly in the driver’s seat with meaningful, actionable insights.”
Big Tech companies don’t often produce big reports on their healthcare achievements, and have often struggled in digital health.
The bigger picture: Apple is showing that it’s getting more serious as a healthcare research partner. And it could be puffing its feathers to become an even more widely used clinical research tool.
The company offers a research app that lets users enroll in health studies using their iPhone.
What’s next? Apple will add women’s health capabilities, as well as monitoring for body temperature, glucose levels, and blood pressure in later versions of the Apple Watch.