Stanford sees thousands of signups for ResearchKit-powered study

Released on earlier this week following Apple's "Spring Forward" event, MyHeart Counts allows users to participate in a study on cardiovascular health. Getting this many people to sign up for that kind of study would normally take much longer, according to Bloomberg:

"To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country," said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. "That's the power of the phone."

While ResearchKit could prove a boon to medical research efforts, some are worried about the potential flaws. Some think that it might not be as useful, thanks to problems like inaccurate data logging.

"Just collecting lots of information about people -- who may or may not have a particular disease, and may or may not represent the typical patient -- could just add noise and distraction," said Lisa Schwartz, professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an e-mail. "Bias times a million is still bias."

We'll need to wait until more apps built with ResearchKit appear before we can make these kinds of judgments. Though five apps built using the platform have already been released, they were developed in partnerships between Apple and medical research facilities. Most developers won't get their hands on ResearchKit until it launches next month. If you want to participate in Stanford's study yourself, you can download the app right now from the App Store.

Source: Bloomberg

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