How ResearchKit unlocks medical breakthroughs at speed and scale

An open-source framework for developing research applications, created by Apple. We were asked to make a suite of apps showcasing its potential to transform medical research at speed and scale.

  • 10,000
    Participants in the largest Parkinson's study in history through the app
  • 93%
    Of participants who had never taken part in any kind of research before
  • 1
    Published paper by JAMA Cardiology sharing critical findings of the MyHeart Counts study

Research, at speed & scale

By helping medical institutions generate quantitative data at a much lower cost, the tools we created revealed objective and precise medical insights — leading to discoveries at a pace and scale not experienced before.

“ResearchKit has enormous promise for leading the transformation of how we engage patients in research.”
Kenneth Mandl
Kenneth Mandl MD, MPH at Boston Children’s Hospital

Technology architecture

YML started by defining core components that could be leveraged while creating an architecture that is data driven and has a reusable application core. This framework enabled applications to wrap the application core, yet provide App-specific initialization, tasks, and dashboard components.

How we did it


  • Audience Strategy
  • UX Strategy
  • Product Strategy
  • Competitive Research


  • Technical Architecture
  • API & CMS Development
  • Manual & Automated QA
  • Prototyping
  • Front-end + Back-end Development


  • UX/UI
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Design
  • Accessibility
  • Motion Design

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