During its presentation on Monday, Apple announced CareKit, a new software framework designed to help developers enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions.
In short, Apple says that iPhone apps using CareKit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; “providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.”
CareKit will be released as an open source framework next month.
“We’re thrilled with the profound impact ResearchKit has already had on the pace and scale of conducting medical research, and have realized that many of the same principles could help with individual care,” says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We believe that giving individuals the tools to understand what is happening with their health is incredibly powerful, and apps designed using CareKit make this a reality by empowering people to take a more active role in their care.”