Technology is amazing, especially in the health field. From wearable tech to phones that can determine your heart rate to nutritional apps, mobile health tech is moving by leaps and bounds. And now researchers are able to tap into that wealth of information and use it to determine health outcomes! It’s remarkable.
The new open source iPhone software that is making waves is called ResearchKit, and it gives developers a platform for apps that collect health data. According to the Huffington Post, this wonderful tool gives researchers a platform to access the millions of bits of health data on users’ iPhones.
The Huffington Post goes on to say:
But beyond providing new data sources for researchers, the program may be able to directly improve the personal health of its users. As the apps continue to evolve, the hope is that programmers will figure out a way to turn your own data into insights tailor-made for one’s life and health goals.
How will this impact the future of heart research and improvements in understanding heart disease? The possibilities are truly limitless!
Here’s how the Huffington Post frames this story:
1. Data is how scientific discoveries are made. More data means more discoveries that can help more people.
2. iPhone users will be way more diverse than the kinds of people who typically participate in clinical trials and studies.
3. The health information will become a lot more accurate.
4. People can contribute to the field of research that affects them most.
5. This will democratize scientific research.
6. The pipeline of research — from data collection to publicly published results to advice for individuals — will shorten substantially.
7. Security concerns may shore up data breaches for good.
And here’s how we see it:
Giving researchers at top schools such as Stanford Medicine, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Rochester health information in real-time gives you, essentially the study participant, a future of unlimited potential. When researchers can analyze data in numbers like this, the patterns they can find, the results they can conclude, will change heart disease forever.