Apple HealthKit frees up CIOs for other IT projects, Cedars-Sinai CIO says

In late April, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles connected more than 80,000 patients to Apple HealthKit, through which their health data can automatically be integrated into the hospital's EHR platform.

Darren Dworkin, CIO of Cedars-Sinai Medical System told Wall Street Journal that the new integration allows CIOs to focus on other IT projects and initiatives. Mr. Dworkin said healthcare CIOs now have to write less code since patients are able to monitor themselves through these wearables. Instead, CIOs can divert more attention to analytics and other tasks.

Mr. Dworkin said he is observing how both patients and physicians use HealthKit and will build programs around those interactions, according to the report.

Now that device and EHR software developers work directly with HealthKit, they are the ones now responsible for ensuring connectivity following device and software upgrades instead of CIOs, according to the report.

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