Apple Pay is coming to the US healthcare industry

The healthcare payment corporation InstaMed have become the first company in the industry to integrate Apple Pay, allowing organisations and customers to pay for healthcare services using their mobile.

Customers can use an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or Apple Watch to pay for their healthcare. InstaMed has not yet formally announced any partners who have signed up to the Apple Pay service.

This announcement by InstaMed is also another boost for Apple. Their payment service has so far only been used by retailers.

Customers will less likely become victims of fraud when using Apple Pay for InstaMed, as their credit card numbers never get stored on a server or a device, the company said.

Apple has been working hard in recent months to add a health aspect to its products. In September 2014 Apple launched HealthKit, an iOS app which is designed to give the user an easy-to-read overview of their health data. Last month marked the release of the Apple Watch, which came with its own heart rate sensor.

‘‘Approximately 20 percent of consumers have unpaid healthcare bills as a result of confusion in the payments process. As mobile payments are expected to reach $142 billion by 2019, the healthcare industry must leverage solutions like Apple Pay to meet these consumer needs,’’ said Chris Seib, CTO and Co-Founder of InstaMed.

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