IBM to Put Health Data from Apple Watches into the Hands of Doctors and Insurers to Create Personalized Treatments
According to a new report this afternoon, IBM has struck partnerships with Apple and the world's biggest makers of medical devices, to put health data from Apple Watches into the hands of doctors and insurers, and to create personalized treatments for hip replacement patients and diabetics.
IBM's push into digital healthcare will allow users monitoring their heart rate, calories burnt and cholesterol levels using Apple's HealthKit platform to upload the information from an IBM app to a storage cloud, where it will be accessible to their doctors and insurance companies. Those who opt in to Apple's ResearchKit will also be able to share their data with medical researchers.
John Kelly, senior vice-president at IBM, described Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit platforms as "really unique" but said there was currently "no systematic way of pulling the data together and sending it" to physicians or clinical researchers.
IBM further noted that it would also market a set of analytical tools to physicians, researchers and insurers, enabling them to collate the data from Apple's devices with patients' electronic medical records so they could spot patterns to support clinical trials or help bring down rising healthcare costs.
The Financial Times also reported that the IBM's partnership with Apple is not exclusive. IBM's partnership with Apple was announced alongside a handful of other healthcare tie-ups, including with Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, the world's largest makers of medical devices such as insulin pumps and replacement knees and hips. For more on this story, see the full Financial Times report.