Medical researchers are optimistic about a new healthcare data platform that could reshape the way information is gathered. Apple launched ResearchKit early in March and has used Austin, Texas's live musical Festival SXSW to allow expert professionals as part of a medical panel the chance to discuss the impact of the new tool at the interactive portion of the festival focused on innovative technologies. Apple has offices in Austin and hopes to benefit from its emerging technology and healthcare sectors.
ResearchKit uses an open source interface to enable iPhone apple to collect data that can be taken from users and applied to healthcare research. Amassing an abundance of personal data from a large sample size of the population gives the tool the potential to impact the public health sector in ways through unimaginable. The random sample selection and widespread use of the tool allows researchers to avoid some of the limitations that experimentation can be hampered by. More organic subject provide more relevent data.
Among the panelists at SXSW Interactive was Dr. Leslie Saxon, the founder and executive director of the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California. Her organization is at the forefront of initiatives designed to improve how researches collect data from the public health sector.
"The way medicine works today, the way you learn to do something, you might have to do a procedure 60 times before you realize you are doing it wrong," Dr. Saxon said. "[ResearchKit] has an impact on the way we can learn about new procedures, the way we can conduct clinical trials, about everything. It will accelerate everything." she optimistically concluded.
Part of this application's intent is to improve personal health goals. Users can choose from an abundance of apps designed to live healthier lifestyles. MC Services provides Apple support consulting so users can get a better experience from their devices by installing apps that can enhance their every day lives.