I only saw a handful of homekit devices at CES, and none looked like game changers to me. But, I suspect it'll be big at CES 2016.
Cook: We have always wanted to make the biggest difference we could make. As we worked on HealthKit, we came across an even bigger impact iPhone could make. And that is on medical research. To tell you all about this, I'd like to invite Jeff Williams up
Williams: Medical research is not what you were expecting, but when we were working on HealthKit, we talked to a lot of medical experts
Wiliams: One of the challenges people have is recruiting
Medical research and Health? Interesting. Samsung aimed for this approach too with Simband, in a sense.
Williams is Apple's senior vice president of operations, FYI
Williams: Another issue is the frequency of data. Medical researchers often get snapshats of data through time. But we know data ebb and flow daily, almost hourly
Williams: Perhaps biggest challenge is communication flow.
Williams: There are hundreds of millions of iPhone owners out there. Gladly contribute if able to do so. Today, proud to announce ResearchKit
Williams: ResearchKit is a software framework made especially for medical research. Turns iPhone and HealthKit into powerful diagnostic tools. Didn't build it on our own. Working with Stanford, Penn Medicine, Weill Cornell, Michael J Fox Foundation, etc
Williams: For example Parkinson's disease. App called mPower. Made with a couple universities. App turns iPhone into a diagnostic tool. Quick tapping test that evaluates hand tremors
Very, very interesting, Definitely reminds me of what Samsung was promising, but seemingly with a lot more medical partners.
Williams: Or can say "ahh" into microphone, can detect minute levels that assess Parkinson's
Wlliams: Precisely measure gait and balance. Can do anywhere. Not just in doctor's office
Williams: Also pulls data from HealthKit, like activity data. Researchers believe exercise can affect symptoms of Parkinson's, but some believe can slow or halt it. Now researchers can assess data
Williams: That's just Parkinson's. For diabetes worked with Mass General on an app
Asthma health via Mount Sinai, blood glucose level tests, and Parkinson's tests...
Interesting to see very practical tools -- for asthma and diabetes -- being used for ResearchKit.
Cardiovascular disease, for asthma worked with Mt. Sinai on an app. See if a mobile app can help patient manage asthma. Available through US, but doing something really unique in NYC in phase 2. Giving out Bluetooth inhalers for data accuracy. Teamed up with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Williams: Looking for pathogens in city. Try to tie all together to understand what triggers are for asthma
Weill Cornell Medical College assisting in Asthma Health. Studying triggers for asthma based on swabbing.
Williams: For breast cancer, been amazing progress in treatment of breast cancer over the past couple decades. Often suffer with symptoms post treatment that are not well understood. Share the Journey app
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, UCLA School of Public Health, and others working on breast cancer app, top.
Of course, all these tools for ResearchKit bring up the same issues of privacy for medical data and its misuse by insurance companies and marketers.
Williams: There is nothing more sensitive than your medical data. You decide what apps and research you participate in. You decide how your data is shared, and Apple will not see your data
Williams: We're really excited about ResearchKit. We thought it would be great if you heard from the people working with it.