I don't know how I missed the news but in my Apple savvy world I must admit a certain level of embarrassment. I knew something was coming but this is a BIG something.
Apple launched a new open sourced platform, ResearchKit, to facilitate the creation of medical apps and expedite patient recruitment for clinical trials. This idea is brilliant and capitalizes on the popularity and ubiquitous nature of iOS apps already being used daily on hundreds of millions of iPhones around the world. Now the scientific research community can access the community at large in unprecedented ease and reach.
Patient’s grant permission allowing researchers to collect certain data points. Depending on the data needs the ResearchKit platform may request access to "the smartphone’s accelerometer, microphone, gyroscope, and GPS sensors. These sensors could help in studies looking at, for example, a patient’s gait, motor impairment, fitness, speech, and memory."
Challenges of managing multimorbidity...
Apple has partnered with leading medical institutions and foundations to create and launch five apps that address: asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. ResearchKit will integrate seamlessly with HealthKit data (already over 900 apps) to transform how we interact with our health — making it accessible to medical researchers. Did I mention that ResearchKit is open source? This creates the best way to facilitate collaboration.
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