Eleven thousand Apple iPhone owners signed up for a Stanford University cardiovascular study less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool ResearchKit was announced, Bloomberg reports.
The report quoted Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health:
“To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country. That’s the power of the phone.”
The Bloomberg story dives deeper into potential biases, particularly the average iPhone owner might not be the average human, making the data less useful.
Regardless of the bias, Lifehacker thought ResearchKit was the most exciting announcement on a day when Apple unveiled its long-rumored Apple Watch.