Stanford and Duke to trial Apple's HealthKit for remote data collection

Duke's Dr. Ricky Bloomfield

Apple ($AAPL) rolled out the latest iteration of its mobile operating system this week, but users will have to wait until the end of the month to get hold of the much-discussed HealthKit platform. Among the people awaiting the introduction of the platform are doctors at Stanford University Hospital and Duke University, both of which are preparing to trial HealthKit.

The trials could provide an early indication of the suitability of HealthKit to healthcare and clinical research. Reuters reports Stanford plans to give children with Type 1 diabetes an iPod Touch that they can use to check their blood sugar levels. DexCom ($DXCM) is in talks with Apple, Stanford and FDA about linking its continuous glucose monitoring device to HealthKit. The device takes a blood sugar reading every five minutes and send the data to a mobile app.

Once all the systems are integrated, data could pass from the DexCom app, into HealthKit and finally to Epic's electronic health record. The Duke trial will use HealthKit to collect data blood pressure and weight data from patients with cancer or heart disease.

"This could eliminate the hassle of getting data from patients, who want to give it to us. HealthKit removes some of the error from patients' manually entering their data," Duke's director of mobile strategy Dr. Ricky Bloomfield said. 

- read Reuters' article