ResearchKit was designed to upend how medical research is done. Until now, researchers were mostly limited to who they could recruit based on geographic proximity. By moving a clinical trial onto a mobile device like the iPhone, it opens up a goldmine of data for researchers. Within days of the initial launch, the five studies had thousands of new participants with a diversity of location, background, age and health. That trend has continued, Apple said, helped by more efficient on-boarding via streamlined informed consent and the wealth of data collected by connected devices.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and has been on the rise for the last 30 years. Between 1982 and 2011, melanoma rates doubled. The disease kills more than 9,000 people every year. While prevention is always the best way to fight skin cancer, survival rates are significantly higher when a melanoma is caught early. That means marking and tracking potentially cancerous moles to try to detect when there’s a problem.
The app also creates a running log for a patient to be able to see how a mole is changing overtime. It’s easy to look back six months or more to see how it changed and if it’s become problematic. Eventually, researchers with Oregon Health and Science University hope to expand the capability of the app to also track changes in color and shape, which are also key signs of a cancerous growth.
Source : Fortune , 15th Oct 2015