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Apple wants to improve your health

Apple wants to improve your health
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"An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Apple is taking that little saying seriously with the launch of its upcoming iOS 8.

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If you have a smartphone, then you know that every app has its own special function. You may have a traffic app or a shopping app -- I'm sure your phone is filled with them.

These apps may collect little bits of data about you, but the standard practice has always been that these apps don't communicate with each other. That keeps them from knowing too much about you.

Now, Apple is letting authorized apps talk to each other, and that's making possible one of the new features in iOS 8: HealthKit.

HealthKit is designed to help you take better care of yourself. With your permission, all of your healthcare apps, and third-party fitness gadgets from Jawbone, Fitbit and Nike, can sync into one location -- HealthKit-- and give you and your healthcare provider a better picture of your overall health.

This means that your blood sugar monitor can now talk to your calorie counter and your blood pressure apps, and send the information to the Mayo Clinic or other supported health provider.

“We believe Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize how the health industry interacts with people,” said John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this innovative technology with the Mayo Clinic app.”

What do you think about this addition to Apple's iOS -- is it helpful or creepy? Let me know in the comments below!

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