Apple to harness iPhone data for autism, epilepsy and melanoma studies


Apple announced the next round of scientific studies and research partners that will be using its ResearchKit to gather health data from participants via their iPhones and Apple Watches.

Autism & Beyond: Duke University and Duke Medicine, in partnership with Peking University in China and other international institutions, are researching whether the front-facing iPhone camera can be used to detect signs of developmental issues at a much younger age. The study uses emotion detection algorithms to measure a child’s reaction to videos shown on iPhone.
EpiWatch: The EpiWatch app developed by Johns Hopkins will test whether the Apple Watch’s sensors can be used to detect the onset and duration of seizures. The app will feature a custom Apple Watch complication that provides patients with one-touch access to record accelerometer and heart rate sensor data, and will also keep a log of all seizures and track medication adherence.
Melanoma: Oregon Health & Science University is studying whether digital images taken on an iPhone can be used to learn about mole growth and melanoma risks. Participants can document mole changes and share them directly with health professionals, and researchers will be able to capture these images to help create detection algorithms for future melanoma screening.

Through ResearchKit, scientists can conduct human studies by asking people to submit various personal data via their iPhones. ResearchKit studies generally have higher signup rates than traditional medical studies, with more than 100,000 participants contributing their data to the iPhone-based platform since its wide launch in April 2014.

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