Conducting medical research is a time intensive, complicated and often inconsistent practice. Participants may only be reviewed once every quarter, results may be collected on a small scale (i.e. between one-to-five) and getting participants can be costly and lead to skewed results.
- Asthma Health – an app from Mount Sinai, Weill Cornell Medical College and LifeMap. The App is designed to find triggers for the disease, where participants can self-manage their asthma by avoiding areas with poor air quality. In New York, Mount Sinai will be distributing Bluetooth inhalers and utilising pollution sensors across the city to help better understand triggers. This is big data in action.
- mPower – is an app from the University of Rochester and Sage Bionetworks that is able to measure data such as dexterity, balance, memory and gait. This information can help researchers to better understand the symptoms connected with Parkinson’s and help improve health.
Other apps focus on Diabetes, Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease. All utilise various sensors found on the iPhone, but also Apple Watch, to help provide reliable data over a longer period of time.
Crucially, because people will be able to participate without disrupting their lives, or needing to be located near a medical centre, it will help to improve our understanding of various diseases and illnesses. Check out the film below to find out more:
For us, this was almost the biggest news from the event. It’s significant for showing how mobile technology can be used for the betterment of our health. Intelligent businesses have been using mobile to improve their own operations and get a better understanding of the time it takes for employees to complete tasks.
This is a prime example of technology being an enabler, a problem solver, a way to improve the way we live, improve our health and provide us with access to a wider community.
Of course, Apple isn’t alone here. Other companies have long been focused on trying to use technology for healthcare. By opening it up to other platforms, Apple is looking outside of its own walls for something that it believes is important.