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ResearchKit and CareKit ➝


Doctors around the world are using iPhone to transform the way we think about health. Apps created with ResearchKit are already producing medical insights and discoveries at a pace and scale never seen before. That success has inspired us to widen the scope from medical research to personal care with the introduction of CareKit — a framework for developers to build apps that let you manage your own well-being on a daily basis.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that these types of announcements are far more important than the mass market products. Phones and tablets are short-lived, but the discoveries that come from initiatives like ResearchKit and CareKit have major impacts on people’s lives. I couldn’t be happier about Apple working on this.

ResearchKit Now Available to Developers and Medical Researchers ➝

Apple, on GitHub:

ResearchKit is an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research. Easily create visual consent flows, real-time dynamic active tasks, and surveys using a variety of customizable modules that you can build upon and share with the community.

This should silence the naysayers who are always citing FaceTime during discussions of Apple and open source software.

As an aside, there was an episode of The Talk Show in which John Gruber mentioned that the engineers who worked on FaceTime hadn’t heard any discussion of open sourcing FaceTime until Steve Jobs announcing it on stage. Does anyone know which episode that would have been? If so, I’d appreciate it if you could let me know.

The Inside Story of How Apple’s Medical Research Platform Was Born ➝

Fascinating story by Daniela Hernandez on the origins of ResearchKit. I especially found this bit interesting:

After Friend’s talk, [Apple’s Vice President for medical technologies, Mike] O’Reilly approached the doctor, and, in typical tight-lipped Apple fashion, said: “I can’t tell you where I work, and I can’t tell you what I do, but I need to talk to you,” Friend recalls. Friend was intrigued, and agreed to meet for coffee[…]

Friend immediately grasped the potential benefits of collecting health data at Apple’s scale. In the wake of the MedX meeting with O’Reilly, he made frequent trips to Cupertino and other cities to meet with scientists, engineers and quantified-self geeks. During one such trip, Friend helped organize a DARPA-funded workshop on how biosensors might help scientists understand Parkinson’s disease, a condition that would turn out to be the focus of one of ResearchKit’s five debut apps.

If you’re even the least bit interested in ResearchKit I suggest you read this piece. It’s the most well written one I’ve read about the topic.

Apple’s foray into medical research might be the most important decision they’ve made in decades. There isn’t much they could do that would have such a positive impact on people’s lives like ResearchKit could. And, I’m excited for the potential medical breakthroughs it might contribute to.

Apple Introduces ResearchKit ➝

From Apple’s press release:

Apple today announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

Five applications have already been built on ResearchKit and are now available in the App Store:

ReasearchKit was quite the surprise from today’s event — everything else was mostly known or partially known. I commend Apple for developing this software framework. No matter how well the new MacBooks or the Apple Watch sells, nothing that Apple announced today will have a bigger impact on people’s lives than ResearchKit.