During Apple's WWDC keynote held last week in San Francisco, they revealed their new "HealthKit" that allows apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with other apps and/or to health professionals. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, noted that "Heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol — your health and fitness apps are great at collecting all that data. The new Health app puts that data in one place, accessible with a tap, giving you a clear and current overview of your health." Federighi further noted that "you choose what you want shared. For example, you can allow the data from your blood pressure app to be automatically shared with your doctor." Today, a new patent surfaced from HeartFlow Inc. that's designed to work with an iPad. The app can be monitored by your physician just as was noted during Apple's keynote.
HeartFlow states in their latest medical related patent application that "In an embodiment, the computer system may output the information indicating one or more blood flow characteristics, the computed FFR model, the computed blood pressure gradient model, and/or other output from the computer system based on the solution of the equations to a tablet computer (or other mobile or handheld computing device), such as Apple Inc.'s iPad over a secure communication line (e.g., via a wireless or wired network, using a web-based service, etc.). The tablet computer may be operated by the patient's physician or other user, such as the patient." The tablet is later identified as Apple's iPad.
HeartFlow's patent FIG. 1 noted below is a schematic diagram of a system for providing various information relating to blood flow in a specific patient; FIG. 2 is an image showing calculated fractional flow reserve (FFR) within a three-dimensional model representing a portion of a patient's aorta and a plurality of coronary arteries emanating from the patient's aorta.
To review this invention in further detail, see HeartFlow's patent application. One of Federighi's WWDC keynote slides as noted below clearly illustrated that Apple is working and consulting with a great number of leading health service providers to advance HealthKit so that their new Health App is ready for iOS 8 coming this fall.