ResearchKit

By Heather Mack July 11, 2017
With all the recent technological approaches to clinical trials as of late, it’s clear that the notoriously long, expensive and often inefficient traditional process could use an update. From AI-powered matching platforms to increasingly sophisticated software to streamline data collection during trials, the space is getting busier. Palo Alto-based monARC Bionetworks is one of the latest to make...
By Heather Mack June 8, 2017
A little more than two years after the debut of ResearchKit, Apple has released a fresh iteration to drive the momentum and sophistication of app-based research projects. This comes on the heels of the company’s annual WWDC, during which Apple announced new health features to the Apple Watch. Along with audiovisual enhancements and improved user interface for both developers and study...
By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2017
More on Google DeepMind’s patient data misconduct. Google DeepMind’s partnership with the NHS is back in the news again as some new information emerged in the form of a leaked letter from National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott to the director of the Royal Free Hospital, where DeepMind’s apps were tested. The letter, published by Sky News, gives a glimpse into the UK government’s ongoing...
By Heather Mack March 29, 2017
Many pharmaceutical companies are now turning to digital tools to improve medication adherence, augment clinical trials, or develop parallel therapies with digital health companies. Rare is the pharmaceutical company that wants to actively get people to stop taking their medication, but that’s exactly the aim of a new study launched by Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of the blockbuster and...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2017
EpiWatch, the Apple Watch-based ResearchKit study on epilepsy led by Johns Hopkins, shared some early results at a conference last week. The results shared were of 598 participants over 10 months who used the app to track their seizures and provided information to researchers about what was happening before the seizure struck. The most common trigger, named in 37 percent of cases, was stress....
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2017
In the 1970s at Stanford University, psychology researchers put children in a room with marshmallows to test their impulse control. The study, and its follow-up studies, are considered landmark explorations of the ideas of willpower and impulsivity. Now a group of researchers from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Cornell Tech, and Sage Bionetworks -- supported by the Robert Wood...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2017
More than two years ago, when Apple first added a list of diabetes management apps to its app store, we covered the list of 13 top picks. A lot can change in a few years, however. And while a few of those same apps still appear on Apple’s current list of 12 diabetes management apps, there’s plenty of new names — though not all new to MobiHealthNews readers — as well. Read on for Apple’s current...
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...