Most of the tech buzz these days has centered on the new Apple Watch -- including on the potential for health-related apps. Less attention has been given to Apple's ResearchKit, an open-source mobile software platform released in March.
But the medical world is paying attention.
"It's designed to let medical researchers and developers create apps that can be downloaded through the app store, and then users can decide to join a study that's conducted solely through their phones," Arielle Duhaime-Ross, a science reporter at The Verge, tells NPR's Arun Rath.
So far, researchers have developed ResearchKit apps to study diseases including breast cancer, asthma and Parkinson's disease. Thousands of volunteers have signed up.
But Duhaime-Ross tells Rath there are concerns about privacy and informed consent. Here are some interview highlights:
On privacy concerns