Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) have joined hands to deliver healthcare apps that allow Japanese seniors engaged and get connected with healthcare providers.
As per the terms of the contract, Apple IPads and IPhones will get loaded with the healthcare apps developed by IBM. The new healthcare apps send health information of Japanese Seniors to the Researchkit and Apple HealthKit cloud servers.
It allows healthcare providers to access the data and offer timely treatment for the Japanese Seniors.
Apple Healthkit collects health data from wearable devices like causal fitness trackers. It also collects data from devices such as blood sugar monitors.
The initiative will rope in Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd. to offer the service for the needy aged people in Japan.
The new service will help to send reminders for the appointments and medications to the seniors. It also helps to arrange transportation facility and allow seamless communication between family members and healthcare providers. It also helps them with cleaning and household maintenance.
According to Tim Cook Chief Executive Officer Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the new apps will be provided with innovative features to help seniors in all the possible ways. For example, Apple digital personal assistant Siri helps to readout emails for the people, who have difficulty in reading due to eye sight or other problems.
The new technology helps older people to tackle issues on their own. According to IBM, the new service will be offered for a nominal charge. The company also allows healthcare providers or insurers to offer the service.
Bright Prospects for More Healthcare Spend
According to Cook, Japan is a place where its seniors are respected, and the new initiative will be a huge success given the large number of seniors.
It is estimated that Japan has 33 million seniors accounting for 25% of the total population. It is further likely to see an increase of 40% in the next four decades.
The new initiative indicates a growing relationship between IBM and Apple. The duo have been working closely for the past one year to deliver enterprise software suites for the industries like airline, healthcare, retail and other industries.