First iPhone ResearchKit app comes to the UK
An application using Apple’s ResearchKit software for medical research has been made available in the UK for the first time. MyHeart Counts, created by Stanford University, is a personalised tool designed to understand your daily activity and risk of heart disease.
Announced in April, ResearchKit allows medical researchers to create applications that allow users to opt in to participating in research projects using data gathered from their iPhone, Apple Watch, or other connected devices that feed health data into iOS. The study uses the heart-rate data gathered by an Apple Watch or iPhone, along with cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other information and aims to better understand how personal tracking software can be used to empower people over their heart health.
MyHeart Counts monitors physical activity and fitness levels, and eventually gives you a “risk score” indicating how much you are at risk of heart disease and strokes, along with your corresponding “heart age”. You also get reminders and notifications about activity and sleep, along with guides to help you improve your heart health.
Anyone wanting to join the study needs to be over 18 and reside in the UK or US. The app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.