Apple, IBM partnership provides Japan's elderly with mHealth access

Five million senior citizens in Japan will soon have access to iPads aimed at boosting their personal health and wellness thanks to a collaboration between IBM and Apple.

The initiative, announced last week, will roll out over the next five years. It is part of a partnership the two tech giants forged in 2014 to advance enterprise and consumer adoption of mobile devices and apps, according to an article at Re/ code.

The Japan effort will "dramatically improve the lives of millions of people," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a press conference, according to the article. "This is about improving the quality of life. There's nothing more important than that."

The effort marries IBM's big data and analytic capabilities with iPhone and iPad devices for creating apps for healthcare, as well as telecommunications, banking, travel, insurance and transportation.

Just a month ago, IBM and Apple announced four new healthcare software tools aimed at helping nurses in patient care and management tasks. The apps can help RNs tap into record keeping systems, assist nursing assistants in organizing and prioritizing tasks, and help RN managers with workloads and caseloads.

The Japan project will feature IBM custom-made apps aimed at helping elderly users remember to take their medication and adhere to exercise and diet requirements, according to Re/ code.

For more information:
- read the Re/ code article

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