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Earlier in March at Apple’s press event, ResearchKit – a software framework intended to help collect data for medical studies was announced. Recently, Apple added third-party app support to ResearchKit, so that more developers and medical researchers can make apps for the platform. Aimed at turning more than 700 million iPhones into self-diagnosis and research tools, ResearchKit will help equip researchers with a much larger, more precise pool from which to draw from for clinical trials by beating the infrastructural barriers like subjective and infrequent sources of data encountered by medical professionals. Researchkit Opening up ResearchKit to all the developers who work to design apps for medical researchers will certainly help increase the variety of medical conditions that are included in the kit. Around 60,000 people have already enrolled in the research conducted in the first few apps says Apple. The company expects the number of participants in ResearchKit studies to grow quickly, as more apps are added. The University of Rochester, Xuanwu Hospital, and Capital Medical University worked to develop an app that can measure the advancement of Parkinson’s disease.

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