To be fit and healthy has now become more important than anything else. As now the majority of people are willing to change their lifestyle for a healthier life the need for Fitness, Healthcare and Medical mobile apps are on high waves. According to reports, in the recent years, there has been a tremendous growth in medical screening procedures. This meaning that now a lot of more people opt for medical tests in order to prevent any health-related issue.
A majority of the population now follows the saying that, ‘Prevention is always cheaper than the treatment.’
From laptops to Smartphone and smartwatch to Google glasses, technology is transforming its basics and in order to be on the same track, the mobile and web applications need to keep up with the advancements. When it comes to developing fitness and healthcare apps the Google Fit and Apple HealthKit can play a significant role to overcome certain challenges that are faced when developing such applications.
The Healthcare App Development Companies with over a decade of experience in the IT industry now believe that the Healthcare Industry is getting digitalized. As a result, organizations are using much more advanced technologies when it comes to developing and designing apps and devices as per the demand in the fitness and healthcare industries.
We the users are now reminded by our apps when do we need to drink a glass of water or when to go for a body checkup and that’s not it. Actually, it is a completely connected network of devices like trackers and wearable devices with sensors. Google and Apple are the two platforms that consist of millions and millions of apps and are also known to hugely invest in the Healthcare Development apps i.e. the Android and iOS healthcare and fitness apps respectively.
Comparison between the Google Fit and the Apple’s HealthKit
Google has been in the new since forever for developing side projects on advancing technologies like AI and many more but the R&D of these projects never receive that much coverage. The main difference between these two tech giants is objective that Apple and Google are targeting on. In simple words, Apple’s principal focus is on the ‘medical data’ whereas Google majorly targets the ‘digital health’s fitness aspect’.
The SDK of Google Fit has various APIs like History API, Sensor API and Recording API with these the developers can add-on features like tracking, recording, and collecting of user’s activities and other health-related data. Few of the popular names that use Google’s APIs are RunKeeper, FatSecret, Endomondo and many more.
In the case of Apple, an ecosystem is created by the brand’s three products namely CareKit, ResearchKit, and HealthKit. It all started with HealthKit – a platform where the end-user can track their medical and fitness data via their iOS devices. Then came the ResearchKit – a framework that allowed gathering of medical information for the purpose of medical research. In the end, the CareKit made its way – a framework with the aim to help the end-users to manage chronic and long-term illness by regularly monitoring recovery after surgery and other treatments.
Using Apple’s HealthKit and Google Fit for Healthcare App Development
Because the Apple’s HealthKit and Google Fit each other’s biggest competition in the Healthcare Industry so a constant comparison is there between them. The main objective that is set by this medical market itself is, ‘To provide a standardized mechanism for storage and format as well for all the health-related data.’ Here, the Google Fit and Apple’s HealthKit will move ahead by facilitating the developed of healthcare app and its integrated devices to share this health information between them.
Now, the end-users can further initiate to switch between various apps without taking stress over the loss of their health-related data. The Apple and Google platform might look like they belong in the same niche but when looked closely they differ in almost every aspect like the design, functioning and all.
Below are some points to pinpoint the differences and the similarity between the Fitness Data and the Healthcare Data:
These are the types of data recorded by Apple’s HealthKit –
- Calories Burned
- Sleep Tracking
- Heart Rate
- Total number of steps
In HealthKit, the information that is collected by the end-user is quite detailed as its main focus is on complete medical statistics like the blood pressure, medications, type of food & nutrition consumed etc.
These are the types of data that is recorded by Google Fit –
- Duration of Exercise
- Calories Burned
- Heartbeat Rate
- Measurements and weights
- Favorite activities
- Distance Travelled
But in Google fit the priority is a bit more on the fitness aspect rather than the healthcare aspect. So, to use Google Fit in case of a serious medical situation will probably is not a right choice as it does not gather data like BP, level of sugar in blood etc.
Using the Healthcare APIs with respect to:
- Hospitals – For the hospitals, this provides the opportunities to improve the efficiency if using the digitalized health records of the patients by using third-party software. Doctors can use APIs to gather entire patient’s medical history in one single space which will grant easy access to data.
- Patients – With the API’s the patient will know a lot more about his/her health status and this will lead to more control of the records in terms of security as well as privacy. This will be beneficial for patients as the tracking and integration of smart devices like fitness trackers can be done abruptly.
- R&D – For the Researcher, these healthcare records can be a boon to further work on the potential medical conditions and found more about their cures from this general healthcare and fitness data. These health APIs will allow the R&D teams to get access to vital data needed to analyze the conditions like diabetes, cancer and many more.
With the constantly growing number of Healthcare service providers, there is now a high demand for the web and mobile applications that are integrated with healthcare API’s. Here, the role of these apps is significant because they will further help in improving the relationship status between the patient and the doctor. What we currently require is to keep up with the advancements in the medical industry!