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Using ResearchKit and ResearchStack for Medical Research in iOS and Android Apps

3 May 2017

ResearchStack is built to be the Android equivalent of ResearchKit for iOS, helping medical research studies use native mobile apps to enroll consenting participants and gather data. On the iOS side, ResearchKit has enrolled tens of thousands of users into fourteen (and counting) medical studies led by top universities and research groups.

ResearchKit and ResearchStack

ResearchKit and ResearchStack

The global usage of the Android platform is higher, but the Android user base is generally considered the second ecosystem for which to build due to lower app revenues compared to iOS. So there is a huge potential upside if the success of medical research apps on iOS can be replicated for the population on the larger platform getting less attention from advertisers and developers.

Today, the Android team at RayWenderlich.com published a new tutorial for ResearchStack, showing how to use the framework to build a sample app. You can read it here. Tom Blankenship wrote the tutorial, and A.N. Sreekumar and Chris Belanger edited it. Exygy engineer Matt Luedke was the Final Pass Editor for the tutorial and is the Android Team Lead for the site. Previously, Matt wrote two ResearchKit tutorials for RayWenderlich.com, which Apple mentioned on stage at WWDC 2016 during the ResearchKit session and links from the ResearchKit site.

In October 2016, Exygy helped a team of organizations including OHSU and Cornell Tech to launch MoleMapper Android, the first app released using ResearchStack. We’ve also helped mentor teams building ResearchKit apps in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Mood Challenge.

If you have questions about ResearchKit, ResearchStack, or want to explore building a medical research app with us, just get in touch!