Apple's iPhone could transform medical research, the company said today, a process that hasn't seen much change in decades.
At its launch event in San Francisco Monday, Apple announced ResearchKit, a new software system that is targeted to the health sector. The company confirmed it's working with research institutions and hospitals, like Stanford University School of Medicine and Penn Medicine, to jointly develop a handful of medical research mobile applications.
The goal for these apps is to gather health and fitness data from the iPhone, such as heart rate and steps, which researchers can use to study the causes and potential treatments for disease. Stanford, for instance, has been working closely with Apple on an app called MyHeart Counts that will collect data from iPhone users about physical activity and various cardiac risk factors.
KQED Digital Health Editor Christina Farr spoke with Stephanie Martin today about the possibilities, and implications, of opting into health data collection on a smart phone. Listen below: