As a company devoted to improving the human condition through health innovation, ApplySci was delighted to hear yesterday’s ResearchKit announcement. The framework allows people to easily join health studies, and simplifies the process by bringing research to one’s phone.
ResearchKit’s first tests detect Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and breast cancer. Apple worked with 12 institutions to create the app, including some which will participate in ApplySci’s Wearable Tech + Digital Health NYC 2015 conference.
Apple’s (admirable) goal is to more easily recruit research subjects, and improve accuracy by increasing sample size and diversity. Data is captured and recorded using iPhone sensors. Examples include:
- An iPhone’s microphone can detect tiny voice fluctuations that may indicate Parkinson’s disease.
- An iPhone’s screen can detect tapping inconsistencies associated with disease.
- An iPhone accelerometer can compare one’s gait and balance against a healthy person’s speed and posture.
Users control their own data, and decide if, how, and when to share it. Apple will not have access to it. The company hopes that external developers will soon dramatically increase the number of tests available.