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What is CareKit: Complete guide to Apple's medical app framework

David Price | May 10, 2016
Here's what CareKit is, what it means for both app developers and iPhone and Apple Watch owners, and why it matters

Update: The first CareKit apps are here!

Update, 10 May 2016: Apple has announced the launch of the first CareKit apps. There are four, initially:

One Drop: This is for managing diabetes. It helps you to track your food and medication intake, as well as activity. There's an Apple Watch app, too.

Glow Nurture and Glow Baby: I've put these together because they're by the same developer, Glow. Nurture helps you track all the timings that are important during pregnancy - due dates, doctor's appointments and so on - and lets you log weight and symptoms. Baby takes up the baton after birth and covers breastfeeding, sleep, feed and nappy cycles (as we discuss in our roundup of the best iOS apps for kids and babies, "understanding these cycles can make the living hell that is the first three months of parenthood slightly less hellish").

What is CareKit: Best new CareKit apps

Start: Covers the monitoring, treatment and medication of depression. Helps to diagnose mental health problems and track the progress of treatments.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg - the first official CareKit-developed apps to be announced by Apple. The framework is now available to all, and we can't wait to see what the developer community comes up with.

Source: Macworld 


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