By Clifton Leaf and Sy Mukherjee
March 15, 2017

Good morning, readers. This is Sy filling in for Cliff, who is busy with some other things this morning.

One of the biggest challenges for the digital health space is proving that groundbreaking new technologies actually live up to the accuracy standards of tested, tried, and true “old school” methods. On that front, Apple’s ResearchKit just got some encouraging news.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai researchers found that the Asthma Mobile Health Study, powered by the ResearchKit-linked iPhone app Asthma Health (and launched at the same time as ResearchKit’s debut in 2015), produced survey results in line with existing research on asthma patients.

That led investigators to conclude that ResearchKit is “particularly suitable for studies of short duration that require rapid enrollment across diverse geographical locations, frequent data collection, and real-time feedback to participants,” according to Yvonne Chan, who heads up the digital health and personalized medicine unit at Mount Sinai. “Our study demonstrates the power of mobile health tools to scale and accelerate clinical research so that we can derive the evidence needed to inform clinical practice and improve patient care,” she said.

Read on for the day’s news. And consider shooting Cliff a well-deserved congratulations while you’re at it.

Sy Mukherjee


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