On November, 23rd WNCN featured a news segment interviewing two Duke University faculty involved in Apple’s HealthKit App. Ricky Bloomfield, M.D. and Ed Hammond, PhD. HealthKit is technology that allows patients to track and share health data using their mobile phones. Patients are able to send their health information directly to physicians in real-time, which can facilitate a quicker diagnosis or intervention.
Duke is one of the first hospitals in the nation testing this new program Dr. Ed Hammond, Director of Duke’s Center for Health Informatics, is an active participant in the pilot study for Apple’s HealthKit platform and has already seen positive results from its use. He takes his pulse and blood pressure and enters the results into the HealthKit App on his phone, which sends the results instantly to his physician. He saw the benefits this past May when he began experiencing dizzy spells associated with a dropping blood pressure. At that time he was in France and nowhere near his personal physician. His physician, who received the data about Dr. Hammond’s decreasing blood pressure readings, was able to make the necessary adjustments to Dr. Hammond’s medication to treat the condition.
Dr. Bloomfield is the Director of Mobile Technology at Duke Medicine and predicts that the HealthKit App will have positive benefits for the future of patient health, noting that the app can track a variety of health data including patients with heart disease. Dr. Bloomfield stated that the ultimate goal of the HealthKit App is to be able to help patients before anything serious occurs and the patient needs to go to the hospital. The mobile app can facilitate health care before the health issue becomes worse, with patients staying healthier with intervention from physicians who make quicker and better decisions about their care.