Apple is preparing to launch an Android app to monitor your mobile phone for cancer data, the BBC’s James Reynolds reports.
The news comes after Apple said it had received a $3.5m grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an Android application that would be able to track cancer patients.
The Android app would allow users to access information about a patient, like their location and contact details, as well as any medical tests or tests results that were reported to AppleCare.
The app would also allow users “to monitor their phone’s health for potentially life-threatening conditions,” according to the announcement.
Apple is yet to announce details about the project, which is also called Apple Health.
Apple said it received the $3m grant to develop the app through the US Office of Technology Assessment, which supports US national security and scientific research.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who is also Apple’s president, is also chairman of the institute.
Apple’s decision to launch the new app is a major setback for the healthcare industry, which has been in a long-running battle with the tech giant over the privacy of personal information collected through its apps.
“Apple Health is a big step towards finally ending the nightmare of invasive testing, and it’s a welcome one, but there’s more work to do,” Tim Dube, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of California, told the BBC.
Apple Health would be an ambitious project for Apple.
It would require developers to create a new Android app and it would require users to install a third-party application that allows them to track their phone.
The project is being led by a small team at Apple’s software development center in Cupertino, California, and is currently in beta.