Apple has announced a new open source software, CareKit which will allow people to monitor and manage their illness in a much better and efficient way. Using the CareKit, people can develop their own health apps that suits their preferences and what they think should be part of the app. CareKit is pretty much simlilar to that of the company's ResearchKit that allowed scientists to conduct various studies through their personally designed apps.
CareKit Will Allow People To Develop Their Own Apps
Apple's COO Jeff Williams introduced the CareKit software during the company's 'Let us loop you in' media event. The event also introduced new products like the iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new watch bands for the Apple Watch. The CareKit is a viable platform for medical researchers. Moreover, the the software does feel pretty similar to that of HealthKit for health related stuff.
Jeff Williams emphasized that the person using the CareKit will be in total control of the data management. An individual will be able to manage who gets to see the data and where it goes. However, any details regarding the security features of the software were not mentioned. For instance, what aspects have been considered to safeguard the health information of an individual. However, we will let you guys know in the near future as Apple says a word on it.
The Cupertino giant has already paired with a number of medical centers and developers who will provide various kinds of apps using the CareKit. The medical centers would soon begin to incorporate CareKit functionality into their systems and treatments. One of the apps created using the CareKit was showcased on the event that helps patients with Parkinson's disease to track the effectiveness of the drugs and the exercise management they're on. Currently the University of Rochester and Sage Bionetworks are already using it to monitor the advancement of the Parkinson's disease. The CareKit allows Apple to sink deeper in the health industry.
There are endless possibilities how developers can make use of the CareKit platform into developing various kinds of apps for treatments and other purposes. The CareKit platform for health apps is due to arrive in April as per the announcement.
This is it for now, folks. Apple has released the smaller, much anticipated iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, so be sure to check that out as well. As for now, what are your thoughts regarding the CareKit? Share your views in the comments.