iPhone apps hold the potential to revolutionize health

“More than a year and a half ago, Apple unveiled a new breed of iPhone apps that would let people participate in scientific studies anytime, anywhere — at least in theory,” Stephanie M. Lee reports for BuzzFeed News. “Now, a new study indicates that smartphones do have the potential to capture useful data about thousands of people’s health and exercise habits in their daily lives, not just during a trip to the doctor or a clinical trial center.”

Lee reports, “But it also shows that if iPhones are to become the next big tool in science, researchers will have to conquer a challenge familiar to every app developer: how to keep people from getting bored and quitting.”

“The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Cardiology, reveals the first results of an app that was part of Apple’s much-hyped foray into health, a field that has been relatively slow to digitize,” Lee reports. “‘This is the blossoming of mobile device medical research,’ said Eric Topol, a cardiologist and genetics researcher at the Scripps Research Institute, who was not involved with the study, in an interview with BuzzFeed News.”

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MacDailyNews Take: These apps could be improved by offering people some incentive to continue using them – perhaps some sort of personalized health information or even some sort of a game reward or something.

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