Apple’s ResearchKit reveals the disruptive potential for the mobile devices and the Quantified Self. In just 24 hours, 11,000 iPhone owners signed up for a heart health study. As Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health said:
To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country.”
ResearchKit is ground-breaking, developing a crowdsourcing platform for medical research. And the data collected will be more accurate, unfiltered by the participants’ own perceptions of what they do over the course of their daily activities.
Update: I also signed up since I already closely monitor my activities through HealthKit on my iPhone. While it takes a small amount of time each evening to answer a few additional questions about your daily activities, the My Heart App is user-friendly – and it’s an easy way to make a small contribution to the study of heart disease.
Emory Craig is a writer, speaker, and VR consultant with extensive experience in art, new media, and higher education. He speaks at global conferences on innovation, education, and ethical technology in the future. He has published widely and worked with the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Living at the intersection of learning, games, and immersive storytelling, he is fascinated by AI-based avatars, digital twins, and the ethical implications of blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual.