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Apple to turn iPhone into hub of medical info

Apple to turn iPhone into hub of medical info

The smartphone-giant is now planning to work on a project to turn your iPhone into a storage of all your medical information, the media reported.

The report explains that Apple has a secretive team within its heath unit that is working with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about the possibility of integrating clinical data into the iPhone. "Jonathan Bush calls rumor baseless" class="local_link" target="_blank">Apple is looking at startups in the cloud-hosting space to give it a foothold in healthcare.

The impact on you and your health: In no uncertain terms, this could be huge for both patients and doctors-if Apple manages to crack into the entrenched and highly regulated medical world.

In the current scenario patients can not share their information between doctors, as well as among different hospitals. That's the lack of data-sharing between health providers that could lead to unnecessary mistakes and missed diagnoses that could be fatal for some patients.

Apple are also said to be in talks with various health IT industries, including "The Argonaut Project" that promotes the adoption of open standards for health information. It further claims that Apple has "hired some of the top developers" involved with FHIR, a protocol that's used for exchanging electronic health records. As several experts have pointed out, getting traction is a key problem when creating a service that only those who have a reason to pay attention to their health are going to be particularly interested in. Apple has also raised the entry bar for medical and health apps sold in its iOS App Store, a sign it takes personal health information privacy seriously.

Apple is focused on health care more than ever before, and if recent rumors hold any weight, the iPhone could become an essential component of your future visits to the doctor's office.

A number of other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of AAPL.

Once that data is inside the iPhone it could easily be shared with third parties.

Apple declined to comment on this report.