updated 04:18 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2014
Apple, FDA met on multiple occasions during 2013
Apple feels it has a "moral obligation" to help people learn more about themselves through medical apps, according to the US Federal Drug Administration. Prior to announcing iOS 8's HealthKit platform last week, records show that Apple executives met with the FDA several times to talk about "mobile medical applications." The last meeting took place in December.
The FDA states that during one of the meetings, Apple executives said there "may be a moral obligation to do more" with health tracking on mobile devices. It adds that Apple "wants to make sure they are on the side of the FDA," and that the company "will work closely with the FDA as they develop future products." It will need to follow FDA rules to avoid potential legal conflicts.
The issue is particularly relevant since HealthKit will be accessible not just by the public and device manufacturers, but by clinics and hospitals. iOS 8's Health app will be able to optionally notify doctors if a user's biometrics fall outside of a safe zone; people will also be able to create a custom Medical ID for a device's lockscreen, showing information such as conditions, prescriptions, and emergency contacts.