Apple’s ResearchKit software framework for medical and health research is now available to researchers and developers. It’s designed to help doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices,
The first research apps developed using ResearchKit study asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and have enrolled over 60,000 iPhone users in just the first few weeks since hitting the App Store
From today, medical researchers all over the world will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework.
The open source framework allows any medical researcher to take advantage of the initial modules in ResearchKit to study health and wellness and better understand disease. Developers can also build new modules based on the open source code and contribute them to ResearchKit. The initial customisable modules address the most common elements found in research studies—participant consent, surveys and active tasks.
ResearchKit apps are available on the App Store in the US at www.appstore.com/researchkit and will be rolling out to more countries in the future. iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest generation of iPod touch® support ResearchKit apps