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By Alex Mack • March 29, 2016

Operationalizing data from Apple's CareKit & ResearchKit

Last week, Apple announced CareKit -- a front-end software framework that revolutionizes healthcare and the overall patient experience. Combined with ResearchKit and HealthKit offerings, Apple is most certainly in a position to do so -- with one major missing component: a data enablement platform. Apple touts CareKit as rounding up on a new era of medical care, in which:


1) Health care organizations empower patients with more precise tools leading to improved patient outcomes

2) Patients now have a secure, direct line of communication with healthcare providers, where customized progress updates are delivered, enabling providers to oversee a patient’s recovery or manage chronic conditions on an immensely more individual level than ever before

3) Interoperability of patient data takes center stage as a vital aspect of patient recovery and chronic condition management through uncovering/demonstrating the treatments that are most effective and diagnostic approaches that translate into (you guessed it!) enhanced patient outcomes.


While Apple's three-pronged approach delivers on the first two points, it is not designed to solve the larger issue of operationalizing the data that these frameworks collect.


Apple’s press announcement highlights Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which uses a combination of sensor data, HealthKit, and CareKit to deliver secure communications and interoperable data. The integration of a single new data source is relatively straightforward, but to integrate at scale with multiple sources, all at once, is exponentially more difficult. To help illustrate this point, imagine that an organization needs to integrate CareKit data with an EHR system. The providers in a patient’s chain of care (pharmaceutical, clinical, research, payor, etc…), need to look across the entire lifecycle to understand how their actions impact the downstream patient experience, and more importantly, how that patient experience impacts their organization. To achieve these valuable insights, data has to flow unencumbered and securely from Apple's HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit frameworks to a single, performant, secure, and scalable data enablement platform.


To help developers accomplish this goal, CloudMine has engineered one of the world's first ResearchKit SDKs. In addition to providing an easily-extensible and intuitive development experience, the ResearchKit SDK has been designed on top of CloudMine's existing native SDK for interacting with our Connected Health Cloud -- developers now enjoy 'one stop shopping' for each of their Apple *Kit needs, all while basking in the peace of mind that a best-of-breed, HIPAA-compliant backend platform is fueling their data initiatives.


Regardless of the use case, Apple’s suite of health care frameworks changes how patients and healthcare providers interact. Apple created a unique opportunity for health care providers to better understand the overarching patient experience, and CloudMine offers organizations the ability to seize that opportunity. Our developer-friendly ResearchKit SDK combined with our Connected Health Cloud provides a secure platform for operationalizing CareKit data in real-time as the patient reports it, all while ensuring that the data is kept safe along the way. For more information about CareKit, please feel free to schedule a discussion with a member of our team: Schedule your FREE demo here


Make sure to check out our ResearchKit SDK, and get a sneak peek at what will be coming for CareKit. Want more CakeKit? View our webinar here: "Understanding CareKit’s Role in Connected Health