At a launch event today, Apple unveiled CareKit™, a new open source platform designed to help health app developers enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. iPhone® apps using CareKit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health.
With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health. Developers will now build CareKit enabled health apps for Parkinson’s patients, post-surgery progress, home health monitoring, diabetes management, mental health and maternal health.
CareKit Modules Overview
The first four modules of CareKit include:
– Care Card: This module helps people track their individual care plans and action items, such as taking medication or completing physical therapy exercises. Activities can automatically be tracked and entered using sensors in Apple Watch® or iPhone;
– Symptom and Measurement Tracker: This module lets users easily record their symptoms and how they’re feeling, like monitoring temperature for possible infections or measuring pain or fatigue. Progress updates could include simple surveys, photos that capture the progression of a wound or activities calculated by using the iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope, like quantifying range of motion;
– Insight Dashboard: This module maps symptoms against the action items in the Care Card to easily show how treatments are working; and
– Connect: This module makes it easy for people to share information and communicate with doctors, care teams or family members about their health and any change in condition.
“With ResearchKit, we quickly realized the power of mobile apps for running inexpensive, high-quality clinical studies with unprecedented reach,” said Ray Dorsey, MD, David M. Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the official annoucnement. “We hope that CareKit will help us close the gap between our research findings and how we care for our Parkinson’s patients day-to-day. It’s opening up a whole new opportunity for the democratization of research and medicine.”
CareKit Integration Partners
Apple is already working with the following providers and companies on CareKit related initiatives:
– Sage Bionetworks and the University of Rochester are using CareKit to turn the mPower ResearchKit™ study into a valuable tool to help better inform patients about their condition and care providers about treatment.
– The Texas Medical Center is designing apps to guide and support care pathways for its 8 million patients to improve their health through enhanced connectivity with their care teams.
– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will provide patients with more insight into their own chronic care management through home health monitoring devices that securely store data in HealthKit™.
– One Drop is empowering people with a better approach to managing their diabetes.
– Start, by Iodine, helps people on antidepressants understand if their medication is working for them or not, and helps their doctors deliver more informed care.
– Glow, Inc. will incorporate CareKit modules into its pregnancy app, Glow Nurture, to guide women through a healthier pregnancy.