CareKit is Apple's New Ambitious Health Monitoring and Tracking Tool

By Kate Knibbs on at

Apple has introduced its most ambitious health service yet, an open-source app development platform called ‘CareKit.’ It’s basically a way to help people keep track of their medical treatment, and to share information with doctors remotely.

The first CareKit app is for people with Parkinson’s disease — it’s a tool to help track changes to their health over time, and to communicate with their medical professionals.

If this all sounds familiar, that makes sense — CareKit shares similarities with ResearchKit, another open-source software framework Apple developed as a tool for medical researchers.

It’s also quite similar to HealthKit, Apple’s original health-related software framework.

Apple’s Jeff Williams emphasised that users will be in control of where your data goes and who gets to see it, but didn’t provide any details about whether it’ll provide any additional security features to safeguard your health information. That’s something to keep an eye on in the future.

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