As with past iPhone releases, this latest offering is expected to bring a host of hardware improvements and new features. Rumors indicate that the iPhone 6 will come in two new, larger sizes: 4.7 inches, as well as a giant 5.5 inch form factor. It will also likely be faster, offer better battery life, and sport a higher resolution camera (rumored at 13 megapixels) than the current iPhone. Finally, the iPhone 6 will ship with Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 8, which will offer goodies such as time lapse photography, mobile payments, and a number of new apps.
One of the most exciting apps for us here at pMD is something called Health, which is expected to allow users to monitor and track a variety of their personal health statistics, including blood pressure, number of steps taken, and possibly even blood oxygen levels! Health will likely integrate with other fitness and nutrition apps. Users will have the option of relaying the information Health gathers to their doctor, allowing the provider to alert their patient if any health issues are detected.
It has also been reported that Apple is working on partnerships with several large EHR vendors. These strategic relationships will allow iPhone 6 apps to sync with providers’ electronic health records, allowing patients to see more of their health information in one place.
At pMD, we’re always excited to hear about new ways that technology can help health care providers offer better care to their patients - that’s how mobile charge capture got its start. We’ll be watching the iPhone 6 announcement closely tomorrow to see if the predictions about Health and all of the other cool iPhone 6 features live up to the hype. And, we’re pretty sure Apple will surprise us with a thing or two we didn’t even see coming!