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Getting Started with ResearchKit

By : Dhanush Balachandran, Edward Cessna
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Getting Started with ResearchKit

By: Dhanush Balachandran, Edward Cessna

Overview of this book

ResearchKit is an open source software development framework from Apple that lets you easily create mobile applications for clinical research studies. ResearchKit provides you the ability to orchestrate the administration of tasks and recording of the results. ResearchKit provides tasks in order to perform informed consent, active tasks, and surveys. Starting with the basics of the ResearchKit framework, this books walks you through the steps of creating iOS applications that could serve as the basis of a clinical research mobile app. This book will introduce readers to ResearchKit and how to turn your iPhone into into a clinical research tool. The book will start off by installing and building the research framework in line with the researcher's needs; during this, the reader will learn to embed ResearchKit in the application and create a small task. After this, the book will go a little deeper into creating modules for surveys, consents, and so on. The book will also cover the various aspects of privacy and security with regard to participant data, and how to build dashboards for visualizing medical data and results in line with the researcher's requirements: data backends, JSON serialization and deserialization, and so on. Readers will be able to fully utilize ResearchKit for medical research, will be able to get more and more patients to participate in their surveys, and will gain insights from the surveys using the dashboards created.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Introducing Softwareitis


In order to keep it fun and light, we will be developing a clinical research app for a fictitious disease called Softwareitis. This disease is characterized by the constant need to download and try new apps in the smartphone. Throughout this book, we will be building the Softwareitis research app to demonstrate various aspects of ResearchKit.

You can find the Softwareitis.xcodeproj Xcode project in the Chapter_2/Softwareitis folder of the RKBook GitHub repository. Open it in Xcode and make yourself familiar with this simple app, especially the TableViewController.swift file.

As you can see, the app has just one table view controller with each row of the table view representing a Softwareitis task that a user needs to perform. Currently, it has a demo task, Hello World, which we created in the HelloWorldRK app. Throughout the book, we will be adding new tasks by adding methods to the TableViewController Softwareitis Tasks extension and adding entries to rows in the...