Yesterday, Apple announced the upcoming release of CareKit. At Patient IO, we’re excited to see Apple recognizing the importance of interactive care plans. “Last Mile” care coordination is a dire missing piece in the new value-based healthcare landscape, and like Patient IO, Apple understands the unique opportunity for mobile devices to bridge that gap.
While there is still a lot we hope to learn about CareKit when it is officially released later this spring, we believe CareKit will create significant opportunities for established players in the care coordination space. While CareKit provides an elegant entry point into interactive care planning, it still requires health systems to have an IT team supporting a one-off app. Like Apple’s ResearchKit, CareKit is a tool developers can use to provide mobile experiences for specific use cases. Ultimately, health systems will need to do interactive care planning at scale and this creates opportunities for enterprise solutions like Patient IO.
Delivering care across multiple patient populations requires a robust infrastructure that can work with existing clinical workflows. Patient IO’s API-first approach ensures patient generated data from mobile devices is available to care managers through seamless integrations with EHRs and population health management systems. Additionally, Patient IO is the only player in the care coordination space that’s designed to be content-agnostic, which enables the existing workflow of each health system to drive the care plans and practice guidelines ultimately delivered to their patients.
Security, services & longevity should also not be overlooked – technology companies that are fully focused on healthcare can serve as long-term business and innovation partners to health systems and provide other necessary components for enterprise care coordination at scale.
In short, we’re excited that CareKit is here and we’re looking forward to watching the care coordination space heat up even more.
For further reading, check out the Health Standard Blog, which published an early review of Apple CareKit, including thoughts from our CEO, Jason Bornhorst. You can read their article here.
We’ll have more about Apple CareKit on our blog later this spring – follow us for updates.