Apple revealed its intent to enter the healthcare market by adding two new components to iOS: Health, a separate companion app, and HealthKit, a hub for third-party apps related to health and well-being. Health is Apple's own application meant to help iPhone and iPad owners keep track of their health and fitness statistics, such as calories burned, weight fluctuations, and sleep patterns. HealthKit is for developers - who need to be careful about staying on the right side of the law when it comes to the privacy of healthcare information.
The National Cancer Institute has developed an API that streamlines connecting doctors and patients to information regarding cancer clinical trials. The API pulls data from the Clinical Trials Reporting Program database, which currently includes information on around 5,000 clinical trials.
With the continued move towards a comprehensive Health IT ecosystem, the Office of the National Coordinator for health IT held the first meeting of an 11-member task force to identify the potential security and privacy concerns around sharing sensitive healthcare information using APIs.