ResearchKit

By Heather Mack January 17, 2017
In a first for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Penn Medicine launched a new ResearchKit app today aimed at people with a rare condition called sarcoidosis, which is characterized by inflammation to one or multiple parts of the body including eyes, skin, lungs, heart, brain and other organs. Called simply Sarcoidosis, the app combines patient resources with research, providing people...
By Heather Mack January 10, 2017
A new version of MyHeartCounts, one of the original ResearchKit apps, is now available. The app, which was developed by Stanford University and BioTime subsidiary LifeMap Solutions, measures activity from any wearable device linked to the Apple Health App and takes each user's cholesterol and blood pressure results to offer a risk assessment for future heart attack or stroke, and the updated...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2016
MyHeart Counts, one of the original five Apple ResearchKit studies, has had its first publication, in JAMA Cardiology. The paper, published yesterday, is mainly a feasibility study for large scale smartphone-based data collection, but also found some interesting correlations between physical activity and heart health. Ultimately, they collected data from more than 40,000 people between March and...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2016
Dr. Dennis Ausiello, director of the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH) at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the smartphone is “the greatest medical device ever made”. As part of a talk at the Xconomy Forum in Boston today, Ausiello spoke about some lessons learned from GlucoSuccess, the Apple ResearchKit project launched by CATCH. “The thing that we learned was...
By Heather Mack November 16, 2016
Mount Sinai Health System’s patient services app, which was developed with BioTime subsidiary LifeMap Solutions, is now available to Android users. The app, MountSinaiNY, initially launched to iOS only in June, and offers patients a mobile portal to find centralized information and services. Patients can use the app to find doctors and facility locations, pay bills online, access the provider’s...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2016
When Apple announced ResearchKit in March 2015, and unveiled the first five apps to test-drive the company’s new approach to clinical research, the announcement made a big splash. And indeed, in the weeks following, those apps posted incredible recruitment figures: for instance, Parkinson’s emPower study saw 5,500 sign-ups by day two and ended up with more than 18,000 participants.  But there...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
More and more, direct-to-consumer wearables companies are moving into business-to-business healthcare markets. It's not exactly a surprising move -- the potential for consumer technology to encourage healthier lifestyle choices is a core thesis of digital health, and one that could have big implications for healthcare as it faces a rise in chronic conditions. Nonetheless, over the course of the...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline has launched the ResearchKit app that it told Buzzfeed it was working on more than a year ago, making it the first pharma company to get a ResearchKit study off the ground. The study is called PARADE, which the company says stands for Patient Rheumatoid Arthritis Data in the Real World. "We are the first in our industry to use Apple’s ResearchKit as part of our research, this time...
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2016
Apple has hired Dr. Stephen Friend, the president and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, to work on health-related projects. Sage promoted Lara Mangravite as its new president, and Friend will become chairman of the board. Sage helped Apple build out its ResearchKit framework and powered many of the early ResearchKit studies. Prior to Sage, Friend spent close to a decade at Merck as a senior...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2016
We wrote last week that, at MobiHealthNews 2016, Duke Director of Mobile Strategy Dr. Ricky Bloomfield brought breaking news from WWDC that Apple would soon add HealthKit support for the HL7 Continuity of Care Document to iOS 10. But that tidbit, exciting as it was, was only a small part of Bloomfield’s talk, in which he shared some early anecdotes and triumphs from Duke’s early forays into both...