Apple will have its first try-out in a clinical study as the partner of the giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
Earlier this year, Apple introduced ResearchKit, a medical platform that can turn an iPhone into a tool that can be used in clinical trials and studies.
GlaxoSmithKline announced that it would be the first pharma to use Apple’s platform. The news is supposed to be a good fortune for Apple, as it will further look for new contracts with other medical companies.
The study will focus on rheumatoid arthritis, and it will monitor the joint pain, the fatigue and the mood of the participants.
Another interesting thing is that people will be asked to perform a wrist exercise that will be recorded by the phone’s motion sensors.
The ResearchKit is supposed to reduce the costs of the clinical research, as it will gather data easier, and the patients will not have to go to the research center to report their medical condition. There will be no costs for nurses and physicians to explain and record the information.
The GSK representatives said that they hope that this experimental collaboration would hopefully prove to bring advantages to clinical research. Either way, the partnership will show the capacities of the iPhone to sustain a coherent relation with patients.
Apple will, therefore, be able to test its ambitions and to prove its ability to be of use in health-related services.
Another product that aims at the health sector is the Apple Watch that can track the heart rate and the movement of the user. In addition to the wearable, Apple also launched a Health app. The app would functions like a hub of medical data.
Regarding the collaboration, Apple had to face many ethical questions. The greatest barrier is the price, the fact that people should be able to afford and to own an iPhone in order to participate in the study.
The company also had to ensure that each participant in the study acknowledges the risks. Another responsibility is to make sure that the personal data is secured.
The apps can be downloaded very fast. However, some of the users managed to lie about their age and to complete health surveys that were only dedicated to elderly people. As its intention was to work in collaboration with other businesses, Apple declared that fraud and impersonation are issues that can easily be controlled.
The advantage of the app is that patients have a much pleasant experience while filling out the report of their medical condition.
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