ResearchKit provides three modules that can be customized and built upon by the app developers. These modules provide base functionality for items commonly needed in medical research such as surveys, participant consent and simple active tasks that users perform such as walking, sitting and talking. The data generated by the surveys and active tasks is then made available to the researchers to analyze.
This module can be used to create visual e-consent templates to inform participants on what type of data will be collected via the app, why it is being collected and where it will be used. It also can help conduct quick quizzes to estimate participants’ level of understanding on the study and to collect their consent digitally on the app.
This module can be used to set up surveys by utilizing the pre-built user interface options to add questions for participant responses.
This module can be used to prompt participants to perform certain tasks that will generate data using the iPhone’s sensors.
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- BTC can build highly interactive and user-friendly mobile apps to drive up the participation rate in the study and the level of engagement.
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- BTC can integrate the research app with health information systems and other backend systems as needed.
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How Can Apple’s ResearchKit Benefit Your Research?
Launching the ResearchKit app in app store means a pool of hundreds of millions of smartphone owners worldwide can access it and participate in medical studies
Leverage ‘anywhere anyplace’ premise of the mobile to collect data
Costs can be minimized through efficient research processes and increased participation
In App Communication
Keep the participants engaged with task reminders, simple tips, etc.
Provision to promote healthy habits, lifestyle etc.
Information sharing becomes more instantaneous and personal (through push notifications and flash news)
Bring down the resource and logistical constraints of conducting a study
Data gathering is effortless as the app uses the iPhone featues for capturing data
Eliminates the resources required and negates the risk of entering wrong data as in the case of manual data entry
Scope for capturing new types of data in the form of voice/image/video etc.
Think Data (Big)
ResearchKit can integrate with HealthKit and other apps which will open up a gamut of relevant data streams
The tremendous volume and variety of qualified data will help researchers get deeper insights