“Let us loop you in” was the title of Apple’s latest event, with the iPhone SE receiving most of the attention. However, CareKit was among other interesting announcements presented by Apple executives. CareKit allows app developers build software focused on healthcare, focusing mainly on the continuity of care. The few demos presented utilized sensors across Apple’s portfolio of handsets and wearables, for a multitude of purposes e.g. medication management and adherence, andtransitional care.
Medication adherence and transitional care are historically two problematic topics in healthcare. Low medication adherence, especially in regards to chronic patients, is a well-known fact. It is not only a question of taking the medicine or not, but also taking medication at the right time and in the correct dosage. An application developed on the CareKit framework for Parkinson’s disease was demoed by Apple, showcasing the use of sensors and interactive user interface to measure the effectiveness of medication to ultimately determine if the treatment is working. Transitional care was also highlighted by the company and the issues around health-related information provided to a patient at the time of discharge. Applications developed through CareKit for care coordination allows teams of clinicians to communicate more effectively with a patient post-discharge, which is mission critical to the entire episode of care.
In essence, Apple CareKit is an attempt to enable individualized care, which is an important element of value-based care. Whether Apple will succeed is not clear, and highly depends on the integration of healthcare applications in clinical workflow. With CareKit, Apple increases its footprint in medicine and solidly communicates the growing emphasis of healthcare to the Silicon Valley giant.
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