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Apple's ResearchKit Targets Fitness, Healthcare Markets

Apple's ResearchKit is an open-source framework designed for the healthcare and fitness markets as a way to collect data and analyze larger groups of patients.

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User Rank: Ninja
4/15/2015 | 11:44:48 PM
Available on an IBM Cloud
There was another article published right here on InformationWeek, today, that describes IBM's important role is this process. ResearchKit and HealtheKit will transfer the information collected to IBM's Health Cloud, where the identity of the person observed will be stripped out, and then the relevant parts will be organized there and made avaialable to researchers.
Li Tan
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
4/15/2015 | 2:57:39 PM
Re: Benefits and Risks?
I feel impressed about the potential benefit it can bring to the public. But I do have the same concern here - how can we guarantee that personal health information will not be abused?
User Rank: Ninja
4/15/2015 | 1:47:15 PM
Benefits and Risks?
While I love the potential this type of functionality brings, such as being able to get more information on a patient's health through longer monitoring periods, I gotta bring it up, it's going to be an interesting security conversation once these applications launch.

We know there are a lot of security risks that come from smart watches, and while it might not really seem like a big deal if someone gets a hold of your heart rate information, exercise information, what about the back end systems it is going to transmit to?  Sadly, many applications aren't created with security at the forefront, which means while more apps and functionality is great, we are going to see a lot of new issues when it comes to privacy.
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