Apple (AAPL) ResearchKit Introduced for Medical Research, Use

Apple wants to turn the iPhone into a tool for medical research and data.

"In a traditional clinical study, you’d be thrilled to find 500 research ‘subjects.’ But imagine what is possible when you can quickly and reliably activate 20,000 research ‘partners,'" Dr. Stephen Friend, Sage Bionetworks president, said. "More importantly, participants need to be equal partners and be able to track changes in their own symptoms."

The Share the Journey app, supported by and other community organizations, is open to women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 80, with or without a history of breast cancer.

The Asthma Health app, developed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions, used ResearchKit to facilitate asthma patient education and self-monitoring among other uses.

ResearchKit also makes it easier to recruit participants for large-scale studies, but users choose in which studies to participate and the data they want to provide in each study, Apple says.