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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 University of Michigan Medical School created the Vaccine Investigation and Online Information Network (VIOLIN) because the vaccine research field lacked a web-based central repository where researchers could easily retrieve the vast amount of data underlying hundreds of years of research. Not only has VIOLIN provided the online database, the database is easily accessible via the VIOLIN API.
Fitbit has released OS Developer Preview 3 which includes the new Power API allowing apps to display device battery charging information, the addition of the brightnessOverride parameter to the Display API, and a permissions requirement. The company also announced the #Made4Fitbit App Challenge.