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At Apple’s recent keynote, they showed off a new software platform specifically designed for medical research called ResearchKit. Developers utilizing HealthKit will be able to turn their apps into robust diagnostic tools. During the presentation, several apps were demonstrated diagnosing a range of conditions, from Parkinson’s disease to breast cancer and also diabetes and cardiovascular research. Apple made it clear to those with privacy concerns that all data collected by these apps can be opted out of by the user.
This form of device tracking can ease the difficulties associated with medical research regarding issues like insufficient sample sizes. Apple highlighted their research partners associated with the development of this app, including Oxford, Stanford Medicine, and University of Rochester. Ultimately, it will be the user who will determine what data you share.
The ResearchKit developer platform will be open source when it launches later in April 2015. But the first apps built with ResearchKit are available right now.
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