The Apple ResearchKit is addressing an important lack in the medical field: relevant volunteers for medical research studies. It turns the iPhone into a diagnostic device that allows people to participate from wherever they are. According to TechCrunch, the Apple ResearchKit "lets people take tests like saying 'ahhh' to detect vocal variations, walking in a line, or tapping in rhythm to test for Parkinson’s Disease."
An opensource iOS software framework, the Apple ResearchKit ensures it will evolve as needed. Yet overall it was created to address current small sample sizes and less diverse samples that lead to inaccuracies in the research being conducted. The Apple ResearchKit demonstrates how tech companies can rally behind bigger concepts and causes rather than simply appealing to the consumer.
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