The eHealth sector is in constant change — not only through the multitude of new apps and companies emerging but also the innovations of established companies, such as Apple, Samsung and Google. Being most active in the eHealth sector, Apple recently released three pillars for digital health companies to use:
HealthKit: a central aggregation interface for personal health data.
ResearchKit: for consensus, questionnaires and input.
CareKit: to manage medical inquiry and medical pathways.
What are the consequences of the digital transformation of the health sector? The perspective of a doctor in a doctor-patient relation is very unique… will this perspective change in the context of the newest innovations? So far, a doctor’s examinations are mostly based on anamnestic data.
Anamnestic data — the complete history recalled and recounted by a patient — is the basis for all our decisions. Yet, many data points are left out if only recalled by patients. Thus, the need for a more reliable, comprehensive and less subjective data basis lies at hand.
A central place for health-data as well as the continuous body-data-stream did not exist … until now.