Easier to create apps
CareKit is an opensource-framework, which makes it possible for users to develop apps to track their own health. However, it came to Apple’s attention that academics and clinicians without app development experience were having trouble understanding the full capabilities of the CareKit. To help them out, Apple announced a new prototype tool, which should make it easier to create a nonfunctional mockup app.
Sharing data through cloud-connectivity
However, care teams would have to share the data manually. Not the easiest or most convenient way to update each other. New tool CareKit Bridge API should speed up the process, by making it easier for developers to integrate CareKit with cloud-based platforms. It enables data syncing by making CareKit integrate seamlessly with backend solutions.
ResearchKit tasks updated
Apple also added a mental processing test (Stroop Test) and a neuropsychological test of visual attention and task switching (the Trail Making Test). Lastly, the company announced that it is now possible to add instructional videos into ResearchKit apps. A lot of the updates were (partially) created by the community surrounding ResearchKit.