The Scientist: Will Apple’s ResearchKit Change Science?

March 12, 2015

The Scientist: Will Apple’s ResearchKit Change Science?

The technology company is launching a new data-sharing platform that it says can make any iPhone user a medical research participant. But the associated ethics are anything but simple.

By Bob Grant | March 12, 2015

Apple this week (March 9) announced plans to launch a new medical research data-sharing platform called ResearchKit. The platform will be available to researchers conducting large-scale medical studies, and iPhone apps will allow users to share their health data with those scientists, in theory making it much easier to recruit and track study participants. “There are hundreds of millions of iPhone owners out there who would gladly contribute,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, during the event announcing ResearchKit.

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