Apple just released what history might say is its most important product ever.
And guess what? Hardly anyone even knows it exists.
It’s called ResearchKit. It’s a software toolkit that lets researchers write iPhone apps for medical studies.
No. This is a huge deal.
Every year, people buy 1 billion smartphones and 70 million wearable health trackers. These devices monitor how much we move and sleep, and where we are in the world. Some of them track our pulse, stress, posture, sunlight exposure, perspiration, and so on.
Yet how much of this data is available to scientists? None of it. These phones and trackers spew out terabytes of useful data a day — and scientists can’t get at it, analyze it, or parse it to draw conclusions about medicine and health. We’re conducting the biggest clinical trial in human history, and we are throwing away the results.
How studies are conducted now
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