Apple has been pushing towards the healthcare market since the introduction of the Apple Watch. Now, a new report says the company is partnering with Epic System, the largest provider of electronic health records in the United States, to introduce a version of its health records tool that’s “easier to run on Apple devices”.
As reported exclusively by Axios (Going through 9to5Mac), Apple tried to push Epic to create a “native version of the service” for Mac and other Apple devices, but the best deal the two companies made was an “easier version.” [version] to work on Apple devices,” according to sources inside Epic.
At least two years ago, Apple and Epic Systems outlined differing views on how users should access their health data. While Apple favored rule changes proposed by the US Department of Health and Human Services regarding better flow of healthcare systems and patients, Epic Systems opposed them since it sells medical records software. to hospitals in the United States.
While it’s still unclear whether all of this data will be available in Apple’s Health app, it at least means Mac users can access it on an easier-to-run computer. [software] version.
“Epic is being developed to make it easier for physicians to access Epic on the Mac,” a source said. Axios in Wednesday’s report.
What’s interesting about this report is the fact that Apple is generally against open data. Apple wants to keep App Store information to itself and doesn’t want to allow third-party payment systems, but since it’s not the leading company in the healthcare market, it wants other companies to share data with its Health application.
Ultimately, every move is good for customers because they can access their health data in more places.
BGR will report back once we know more about this deal.