posted on: 30 Aug 2018

Developing Healthcare and Fitness Apps using HealthKit and Google Fit

Fitness trackers and wearables are no longer a rage instead they have become a top-tech obsession around the world. It’s a proactive lifestyle of people where today everyone wants to track their wellness and put emphasis on everything they do like sleep tracking, heart-rate monitoring, steps taken and sedentary warnings with all the data stored within one platform where it can be easily accessed anytime. This increasing penchant in no time bought the two tech giants Apple and Google on front battling each other on various front.

Let’s talk the HealthKit and Google Fit platforms.

The assertion that these technologies accumulate health and fitness-related data, let’s distill their roles in specific.

The Apple’s Healthkit

While Apple is primarily targeting medical data, Google is focusing on the fitness aspect of digital health.

Apple has three products – HealthKit, ResearchKit and CareKit (where all trios work with different types of medical data and form their own cluster)

1. HealthKit can serve as a hub for all the health and fitness apps on an iOS device. This allows consumers to work together on health and fitness and collate their data under the Health app. It allows users to track their fitness and medical data from their iOS devices and iWatches.

2. ResearchKit is a framework for medical data gathering for the purpose of medical research.

3. CareKit, an open source framework which allows developers to create apps that help users monitor and manage medical conditions and their overall health, and then share that data with healthcare pros.

Apple’s Carekit helps you in getting build these four modules while developing a healthcare app:

  • Let your users track individual care plans and action items, such as taking medication or completing physical therapy exercises. Activities here can automatically be tracked and entered using sensors in Apple Watch® or iPhone.
  • Symptom and Measurement Tracker will help users in recording their symptoms like possible infections, pains, fatigue, monitoring temperature etc.
  • Insight Dashboard maps symptoms against the action items in the Care Card to easily show how treatments are working.
  • Connect makes it easy for people to share information and communicate with doctors, care teams or family members about their health and any change in condition.

Partners of Health Kit

Epic software, Mayo clinic, Fitbit, Withings, Runkeeper, and Nike and many more.

Types of data stored

  • Heart Rate
  • Calories burnt
  • Sleep tracking
  • No. of steps taken
  • Weight tracking

The Google Fit

The Google Fit SDK helps to build fitness apps and devices easier by these APIs:

    • Sensors API

The Sensors API allows you to easily view available sensor data sources from connected apps and devices.

    • Recording API

The Recording APIs allows you to connect your app and devices to Google Fit.

    • History API

The History API allows you to access and edit the user’s fitness history.

Partners of Google Fit

Adidas, Asus, LG, HTC, Intel, Daily Burn, Nike+, Nokia Health, RunKeeper, Xiaomi and many more.

Types of data stored

  • Heartbeat rate
  • Calories burnt
  • Distance covered
  • Pedaling rate and Heart rate
  • No. of steps taken
  • Weight history
  • Distance Travelled
  • Favorite Activities

Role of Healthkit and Google Fit platforms for medical and fitness app development

We pin our hopes on Apple HealthKit and Google Fit to facilitate a standardized format and storage mechanism for health data where developers can also develop apps and devices where users can share health data with each other. Hopefully, it is meeting the expectation successfully.

The Bottom Line:

Healthcare apps have become the necessity of today’s ecosystem. Following which, it comes as a dire need to be a part of this healthy revolution and take a bigger leap with the next gen technologies introducing in it. Codiant build unsurpassable healthcare and telemedicine apps that are helping healthcare organizations and Doctors to stay up to date with the latest trends and technologies in this segment!

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