Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Allscripts in talks to incorporate Apple's HealthKit

Apple is in talks with several prominent healthcare providers as well as Allscripts to determine how its HealthKit mobile platform could work with these organizations, according to a Reuters report.

Apple previously announced partnerships with Epic and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic in developing and implementing the platform, which is designed to help aggregate and track all of a user's health information. According to Reuters, Mayo Clinic is reportedly testing a program that would be able to identify patients with abnormal data in their HealthKit and follow up as appropriate.

Mayo Clinic is not the only Epic user to begin testing out HealthKit. Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente is also reportedly testing apps that would interface with the platform, according to Reuters.

Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins and Mount Sinai Health System in New York City declined to comment on the talks, according to the report. Cleveland Clinic is in the preliminary phases of testing the clinical uses of HealthKit.

The partnership with Allscripts would open HealthKit integration to more providers. Allscripts has about 1,300 hospital clients and is used by about 8 percent of the country's physicians.

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