Re­searchKit

Mac Format - - FITNESS TECH -

Re­searchKit won’t show up on your Ap­ple de­vice, but it’s al­ready prov­ing cru­cial to de­vel­op­ers in­ter­ested in solv­ing med­i­cal is­sues us­ing iOS; Ap­ple’s re­search soft­ware frame­work ex­pands upon its HealthKit API and gives med­i­cal teams the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate apps that can di­ag­nose spe­cific diseases and track health prob­lems. Re­searchKit also makes it eas­ier for doc­tors and sci­en­tists to re­cruit vol­un­teers for large-scale stud­ies, be­cause it over­comes the in­her­ent lim­i­ta­tions that come with dol­ing out ex­pen­sive and com­plex med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy to par­tic­i­pants.

In a study be­ing con­ducted at John Hop­kins Univer­sity, for ex­am­ple, one re­search team is look­ing at whether the Ap­ple Watch’s sen­sors can de­tect the on­set and du­ra­tion of epilep­tic seizures, trig­ger­ing an alert that’s sent to a loved one when­ever a seizure oc­curs. The EpiWatch app (hop­kins­medicine.org/epiwatch) uses cus­tom WatchOS code to cap­ture ac­celerom­e­ter and heart rate sen­sor data to record a seizure’s dig­i­tal sig­na­ture, which is logged along with the par­tic­i­pant’s re­spon­sive­ness for the event’s du­ra­tion. The aim is for suf­fer­ers of the con­di­tion to be able to man­age their dis­or­der by track­ing their med­i­ca­tion ad­her­ence, and screen­ing for side ef­fects.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other Re­searchKit-based apps in­clude Share The Jour­ney, for self-di­ag­nos­ing breast can­cer (sharethe­jour­neyapp.org), Asthma Health (lifemap-so­lu­tions.com) and car­dio­vas­cu­lar tracker My­Heart Counts (http://bit.ly/my­heart­counts).

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