5 Apps That Move Medical Research Forward

Medical Apps using Apple’s ResearchKit are doing incredible things. A huge part of medical research is collecting data needed to fuel groundbreaking research. ResearchKit allows you to remain in control of how and to whom your data is being shared, yet the information you do share is used to discover better treatments and hopefully even cures for various conditions. “Numbers are everything. The more people who contribute their data... the truer the representation of a population, and the more powerful the results,” said Dr.Eduardo Sanchez of the American Heart Association. From Epilepsy and Breast Cancer to Autism and COPD, here’s five apps using ResearchKit that help move medical research forward.

EpiWatch (Free)

EpiWatch works with your iPhone and Apple Watch to collect research for adults with Epilepsy. The app is also helpful to the user as it allows you to track symptoms, seizures, medication and potential triggers. The data is meant to aid in the future creation of a seizure detecting app. The app enables you to take surveys, enter daily journals and participate in other activities which, with your permission, are shared with Hopkins researchers.


Autism & Beyond (Free)

The goal of the Autism & Beyond study is to test new video technology that can analyze a child’s emotion and behavior. They hope to create a screening process in the future that provide parents with tools to better understand their child and the child’s experience, as well as to be able to offer help if needed. Note that “When you join the study you will have the option to send video recordings to Duke to help us improve our technology, or you may choose to send just a data file with no video recordings.”


Mole Mapper Melanoma Study (Free)

Mole Mapper allows you to measure, map, and monitor the moles on your skin. It’s known that keeping track of the size, shape, and color of your moles is the best way to detect early skin cancer, and Mole Mapper makes that process easy to do while giving you the option to share your data with a not-for-profit researcher. You can track a single mole or create a full body map; the makers of the app hope it “will make being vigilant about your health a bit more enjoyable.”

Breast Cancer: Share the Journey study (Free)

This Breast Cancer research app aims to “understand the symptoms after breast cancer treatment, why these symptoms vary over time, and what can be done to improve them.” The app uses questionnaires and collects phone sensor data to track five common symptoms that persist even after treatment has ceased. It’s a virtual diary of your day along the journey to wellness, and if you choose to share your data, it helps the not-for-profit develop solutions for others.


StopCOPD (Free)

StopCOPD is a research study focused on lung health and aims to better understand COPD. Participants are able to complete tasks and submit surveys from the app, and it can record and track the trends of your health data using the ResearchKit framework. You need not necessarily have been diagnosed with COPD to participate, current and former smokes are welcome, as well as those with a family history of respiratory disease.


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