ResearchKit Apps and Studies Launched in 2016

by Priya Menon

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Apple launched ResearchKit in 2015, since then we have seen a number of medical research studies from nonprofits, academic medical centers and pharmaceuticals across the country. There has been a lot of interest among clinicians and healthcare professionals and the first year alone saw the launch of almost twenty study apps using researchkit.

The ResearchKit team at Applied, developed America Walks Study in 2016 for TrialX Research and recently, Phendo for the Citizen Endo project. Evidently, the interest in ResearchKit apps has sustained through 2016 too. Below is a list of all ResearchKit apps/studies launched in the year 2016.

researchkit apps list 2016

 

Neurons:  Developed by Shazino for Multiple Sclerosis.

Neurons is a personalized tool to help you measure, monitor, and better manage the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis using the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC).

Download app here

Study site.

 

America Walks Study: Developed by TrialX

America Walks was an observational study to determine walking behavior of individuals in the United States. Participants could find out how much they were walking compared to other Americans. The study concluded in Dec 2016.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

Sleep Health: Developed by American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) and IBM

The study app is a personalized tool that can help participants measure daily activity and track their sleep patterns, as well as test their alertness to help better understand how different factors may affect sleep. The study would help in better understanding of sleep health.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

Team Study: Developed by Sage Bionetworks, Harvard University

TeamStudy is the first app dedicated to improving football player health by engaging thousands of former NFL players and the general public alike. The app gathers data in real time on many conditions former athletes faced. Collecting information from large numbers of people in this novel way contributes to scientific discoveries that address the diverse health needs of former NFL players and future generations of athletes.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

PPD ACT: Developed by University of North Carolina

The goal of this research study is to understand more about the genetic basis of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. This study could probably throw some light over reasons as to why some women get postpartum depression or psychosis and other women do not.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

Feverprints: Developed by Boston Children’s Hospital

Fever is one of the most common signs of illness and causes anxiety to many. Surprisingly, doctors still struggle with determining the cause of a fever. In addition, “normal” and “febrile” temperatures vary between individuals. Better understanding of how body temperature varies between individuals and identification of disease fever patterns (“fever prints”) could allow doctors to make faster, more accurate diagnoses. The data from this study, could help determine the cause of fevers.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

Saker: Developed by Thomas Morrell

Saker is a project to try and detect when a person is scared by analysing their gait, using the sensors available on your smartphone.The study investigates how a person’s gait changes as they walk, and attempts to identify patterns that characterize when an individual is scared or apprehensive.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

 

Mindshare: Developed by Digital Artefacts LLC

Mind Share is a research application that will gather data using clinical surveys and BrainBaseline’s cognitive test suite to look at how behaviour, lifestyle, medical history, and other factors affect cognitive function in people with mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. This research could be important to develop a brief, non-invasive screening instrument for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment in the future.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

6th Vital Sign: Developed by Duke University

The 6th Vital Sign is a global research study that uses Apple’s ResearchKit to measure a vital sign. Vital signs, like blood pressure or temperature, are measurements used by doctors and nurses to see how healthy a person is.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

GSK PARADE: Developed by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Medidata and POSSIBLE Mobile

A mobile app-based study, the PARADE App, which integrates with the Health Kit and Research Kit, and will use surveys and iPhone® (Apple Inc.) sensors to collect and track common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis,  joint pain, fatigue, mood, walk and quality of life. Although this study will not provide diagnosis or treatment, participants can view their own study data and learn more about their condition. This App is part of an exciting new program through which we will use patients’ insights and therapeutic goals to improve medicine development. Collecting data from mobile device may in the future also help reduce the burden of patients in clinical studies by reducing the frequency of doctor visits.

Download app here.

Study site.

 

VascTrac: Developed by Stanford Medicine / Abbott Vascular, Cook Medical, W. L. Gore & Associates and Microsoft.

The world’s first peripheral artery disease (PAD) study powered completely by the iPhone.The study aims to find patterns between medical information and walking data to gain new insights about peripheral arterial disease.

Download app here.

Study site.


We have tried to include all ResearchKit powered apps launched in 2016 here. If we have missed out any, please drop us a line and we will update this list. 

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