Health Kit Delays & Mobile Health Apps Usage| Healthcare in the News

Apple postpones HealthKit app and others

A bug in Apple’s HealthKit and fitness tracking platform delayed the release of this and other applications with the release of iOS 8. HealthKit, for those unfamiliar, gathers and aggregates data from other health and fitness applications and allows it to be visible to doctors. Regulated medical devices, like glucose monitors, can also be paired with the app.

Once up and running, hospitals will be able to use the data for a variety of purposes, such as monitoring diabetic children or tracking blood pressure in heart disease patients. Apple expects to have HealthKit and the other apps it delayed up and running by the end of the month.

Who Uses Mobile Health Apps?

Mobile healthcare and medical app downloads are expected to hit 44 million by the end of 2012, rising to 142 million by 2016, but the percentage of Americans downloading these apps have remained steady — about 10%. That despite the fact that the number of apps has increased from 2,993 in 2010 to 13,619 in April of 2012. The problem? Ubiquitous content and the end of the honeymoon. The majority of apps focus on diet and fitness, but there are hundreds of BMI and calorie counter apps on the market. Besides a lot of overlap, even the apps that get downloaded quickly lose favor with most users. Sure, they use the app a few times during the honeymoon phase, tracking calories and medication, but just 5% remain with an app after one month, dropping to nearly 0% after six months. The fix is a useful and unique app that’s easy to use and applicable to a wide audience. Simple, right? Healthworks Collective