Cupertino, CA-March’s Apple Live event generated some intriguing buzz around the coveted Apple Watch, along with some innovative updates to Apple’s existing product line. But what caught our eye the most was the announcement of ResearchKit. ResearchKit is an app that allows us to put our iPhones to work for us and provide invaluable insights into our health using our own personal data.
ResearchKit is a mobile platform for creating iPhone apps that has the ability to bring together a significant amount of personal data from a diverse patient database. This platform marks a major leap in the connecting of personal data, wearable trackers, and medicine. And it certainly has the potential to change the way we learn about new procedures or even how we conduct clinical trials.
Although it was released just a week ago, ResearchKit is already a major topic of interest at many of the medical panels at SXSW Interactive this year.
It has the potential to accelerate everything from breast cancer research to drug development, said Dr. Leslie Saxon, founder and executive director of The USC Center for Body Computing. It’s going to be the ultimate mash up.
Five apps have already been released for the ResearchKit that are able to help diagnose multiple disorders. One of the apps that was highlighted during the Apple Live event was the introduction of a Parkinson’s Disease app. The app is able to gauge the effects and test for the disease by using a tapping rhythm. Other apps that were discussed were diabetes diagnostic apps and apps to help breast cancer victims.