“Apple’s ResearchKit is a new open-source software framework that helps the scientific community gather medical research data from iPhone users,” Stephanie M. Lee reports for BuzzFeed News. “GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest drug developers, told BuzzFeed News it is “currently working on integrating (ResearchKit) into clinical trials and planning to start in coming months.””

“And Purdue Pharma, the privately held, multibillion-dollar drug developer in Connecticut that’s best known for OxyContin painkillers, told BuzzFeed News that it’s in the early stages of exploring whether Apple’s new tool for research data collection can be used as part of its own drug R&D efforts,” Lee reports. “‘We know that all these changes in tech are going to impact health care, but we don’t know exactly how,’ Larry Pickett Jr., Purdue’s vice president and chief information officer, told BuzzFeed News. ‘People have been talking about it for a long time, but haven’t been able to figure out how to leverage that data and take advantage of it. My team views ResearchKit as a very significant milestone in being able to move that capability ahead.'”

“So is Apple comfortable with pharmaceutical companies using ResearchKit as part of a for-profit endeavor to develop new drugs? Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, says it is,” Lee reports. “‘We’re open to working with anybody that is going to make an impact on people’s health,’ he told BuzzFeed News in an interview last month.”

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