Apple announces ResearchKit, turns iPhones into medical research devices

Apple announces ResearchKit, turns iPhones into medical research devices
It is Apple's big day today. At the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the company is announcing its latest and greatest products as we write these very lines. Among them is the latest Mac computer – thinner and lighter than ever – and, of course, the Apple Watch wearable accessory. But that's not all Apple is introducing at today's event. In fact, one of the first announcements made was of ResearchKit.

ResearchKit is an open source software framework built with medical research in mind. Basically, it makes it possible for an iPhone to be used as a medical research device and enables researchers to easily create apps to help with their work. Data is securely collected by anyone willing to contribute, and it is possible to control how much of a contributor's personal data is accessed. 

Some of the applications demonstrated at the event included diagnosis of Parkinson's disease – an iPhone's sensors were used to detect irregularities in a patient's speech and walking. The possibilities, however, will be way beyond the scope of these tests once ResearchKit is out. It is scheduled for release in April so keep an eye out if you're willing to contribute in obliterating some of the nastiest diseases in existence. 

source: Apple



1. waddup121 unregistered

This is great. I hope that aunt who told that when her granddaughter hits 25 years old, she will remember that her auntie was a patient. +1 Apple!

2. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Give me a health device that can cure Parkinson's disease, not just detect it! There are already more advanced and reliable medical technologies that detect diseases. Apple, please show me something truly innovative.

5. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

That's not Apple's area of expertise though, they're a consumer electronics company not a medical research company. This is more to help doctors. Show me Samsung's device that can do this since I'm assuming that's who you have in mind?

8. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

That's something completely different honestly. Samsung has some great health features, I'm not bashing them at all but I can guarantee commenter number 2 would praise this same exact announcement if Samsung did it, but instead since its Apple he's discounting it entirely.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

I really like the fact that Apple has created an open source framework that will allow the iPhone to be able to do such things in the medical field, kind of like BlackBerry and their investment in Nanthealth and their creation of an new platform devoted to medicine through its QNX brand. However, I just don't think Apple can create a secure enough platform for such personal data, judging by their past problems with securing their current platform and cloud services. I could be wrong, and truly hope that I am, but I just don't see it happening. And before the Apple fanboys go all crazy and think I'm bashing Apple, I'm not. If you really think about, I'm bringing up a legitimate concern. We all should be concerned about something like this.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

After the spring forward event, I can say that the highlight is this Research Kit. This. Apple does know how to push things forward. It's nice for what the smartwatches (of all brands) can do, but this will probably define what a smartwatch IS FOR GOOD. My takeaway for the Apple Watch is that one can use with older phones for enabling Apple Pay, which is a big plus as I really enjoy my 4" iPhone 5S and was planning to buy the 6S for Apple Pay, but the size and the design of the 5/5S is my favorite of all phones...

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