What it is: In iOS 11.3, Apple plans to offer a seamless ay to store and manage your health records from different health care providers.
The future is health. The Apple Watch and other wearable computers are already focusing on real-time health monitoring, but capturing all that data is only useful if others can access and make sense of it. That’s why Apple is working to make it easy and secure to store health records on iOS devices.
In addition, Apple also wants iOS to make it easy to collect health data from different hospitals so a patient can see all health data in a single location and share this collected data with others. Currently hospitals and doctor’s offices often have different health data on the exact same patient, which isn’t always shared among each other. This results in less health data to analyze and creates greater inefficiencies.
So not only is Apple slowly capturing the real-time health monitoring market with the Apple Watch, but with the security of iOS, they’re also capturing the health record data market at the same time. With health records, security and privacy are crucial so it’s crucial that people trust that their devices can safely and securely protect their data. Right now, iOS offers the best safety due to its design that restricts an app’s access to the rest of a device’s files. While iOS can never be 100% perfect, it’s far more secure than rivals such as Android, Windows, or even macOS, which were not designed with security and privacy in mind.
As more hospitals rely on iOS to store medical records, expect more people to rely on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Just as businesses gravitated towards MS-DOS and Windows so people in the business world bought more MS-DOS and Windows PCs, so will health records help drive people to iOS devices. Everyone is concerned about their health so everyone is a potential iOS user. When iOS devices dominate the health care industry, that’s when you’ll finally see people understanding why security and privacy are so important and why rival operating systems simply don’t have a chance.