Apple Announces ResearchKit for Medical Data Gathering
Apple today announced ResearchKit, a tool for developers for collecting and gathering health-related data. The company demonstrated how apps can be used to track the symptoms and progression of major diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, Parkinson's, breast cancer, and others. The data can be collected from iPhones, and can contain GPS data, air quality and data covering other environmental conditions, and much more. ResearchKit also contains strict privacy controls, such as what research users choose to participate in, and what data is shared to third parties. Apple says it will not see any of the associated data generated by ResearchKit. Medical professionals hope to use iPhone owners to supply data at a grand scale in order to better understand diseases and the medical conditions and eventually learn how to better treat or cure them. Apple said it will release ResearchKit in April and the tools will be open source.
Apple's CareKit to Help iPhones Owners Manage Their Health
Apple today announced CareKit, a tool that will work with mobile apps to help people track and manage various conditions and diseases. The app can be used to collect data points for a range of afflictions and then shared with family members or medical professionals.
Google Search to Improve Symptom Search Results
Google plans to change the results shown when people search for symptom-based information. Moving forward Google will show a list of related conditions to symptoms like stuffy nose, cough, or headache.
iOS 10.1.1 Resolves Health Data Bug
Apple today pushed iOS 10.1.1 to iPhones and other iOS devices to resolve several bugs. In particular, iOS 10.1.1 fixes an issue that prevented Apple Health data from being visible to some users.
Apple Says iOS 11.3 to Add Battery Tool, More Animoji, Better AR
Apple today previewed iOS 11.3, a system update that will give iPhone owners with a significant number of new tools and features. First up, iOS 11.3 provides iPhone users with more control over their handset's battery performance.