better living through technology

In March, we announced ResearchKit. It’s a software framework to transform the way research is done. It uses the phone and mobile apps to solve many of the problems researchers have faced…

There’s been tremendous advances in medicine, but the process used for research hasn’t really changed in decades, and hasn’t kept up with technology’s improvements. So we announced five apps that initially would go after various diseases and research, and there are many more coming And we’ve already, in short order, learned some amazing things.

We have one on diabetes, and we have one on asthma, as well. All of these studies usually take a year-plus historically to get any meaningful information, and we’re seeing results in weeks or months. The asthma study looks at triggers; it helps people manage their asthma, and it looks at triggers around the nation. Exercise-induced asthma is one of the things that prompts asthma. The researchers are already seeing differences by state. In Texas, extreme heat precipitates asthma, not surprisingly. In New York, the No. 1 trigger of asthma is anger… No one would have known that, and the way medical research has historically been done, it’s been centered around the institution doing it, because someone would have to go sign up with a study coordinator, and if Stanford’s doing it, learn a little bit about the Bay Area around Stanford. Here, all Mt. Sinai did was write an app, release it using ResearchKit, and they’re getting data across the country. So it’s really, really powerful.
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Jeff Williams on ResearchKit



“In New York, the No. 1 trigger of asthma is anger.”

“In New York, the No. 1 trigger of asthma is anger.”

“In New York, the No. 1 trigger of asthma is anger.”