More than 50 researchers have contributed to the open-sourced ResearchKit framework by adding ways to measure motor skills, memory, fitness, and voice. Early ResearchKit apps encourage patients to track symptoms of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer treatment, and more. These apps can’t diagnose or treat conditions, but they do provide researchers with a wealth of information they wouldn’t have access to otherwise, and they also give patients a way to share that information with their own doctors. Some apps have even added ways for patients to add the information they track to their electronic health records.
It’s still early days for ResearchKit, but the data so far is encouraging, and could lead to breakthroughs in medical research.
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