updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2014
Execs tout centralization as benefit
Four health and fitness technology companies -- RunKeeper, Withings, Strava, and iHealth -- have confirmed plans to support Apple's HealthKit platform. RunKeeper's CEO, Jason Jacobs, comments that bringing "some of the other key players in the ecosystem (doctors, EMRs, etc) into the discussion" is "where things need to be heading." Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings says his company is in favor of the shared API approach, since it already produces an API of its own.
Adam Lin, the president of iHealth, claims that HealthKit could "make an enormous difference" for healthcare providers, since it might help consolidate electronic medical records. While an increasing number of institutions are switching over to electronic records, there is no universal standard. HealthKit will likely exclude platforms like Android and Windows, but the popularity of the iPhone (and possibly the iWatch) should give it support.
Other parties that have pledged to use HealthKit include the likes of Nike and the Mayo Clinic. The platform will only reach the public, though, once iOS 8 arrives this fall.