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As a result of the decision, Apple removed a number of third-party apps from its App Store, including apps developed by WebMD, MyFitnessPal and other firms. Several leading hospitals, including Stanford, Duke, and Mayo Clinic, have all moved to partner with Apple to test HealthKit apps or launch their own. (See this recent coverage of those partnerships.)
Apple's own Health app, which monitors calorie intake, was included in Wednesday's iOS 8 release--but the delay to HealthKit means that a "crucial section" of the Health app is missing, Parmy Olson writes at Forbes.
Notably, the Health app's "sources" relies on data from third-party apps, but the HealthKit bug prevents them from correctly syncing. "It would appear that until Apple can fully launch HealthKit, that section of Health will remain empty and the app itself largely unusable (unless users manually add data points like weight or body temperature)," Olson writes.