Axon is a new health care solution that works with Apple’s ResearchKit

Medable, an application and analytics platform for health care, has announced Axon, a solution that enables health professionals to directly build clinical study applications without a developer in a matter of hours. It works with Apple’s ResearchKit.

In 2015 Apple announced ResearchKit, an open source user interface for mobile clinical studies. The company announced several large medical institutions were testing its technology. Meanwhile, Medable worked with researchers across the world to develop mobile apps to study health and disease. 

Medable’s team traveled the world talking with researchers who were trying to create studies. There are thousands of researchers working in clinics, hospitals, and other health institutions. Medable’s team quickly realized that researchers were not programmers, according to Dr. Michelle Longmire, CEO and co-founder. 

She adds that researchers all over the globe--in the United States to sub-Saharan Africa--have similar issues:  how to use inexpensive mobile technology to create compliant health studies. There were several factors holding them back, including complex development, cost (about $200,000 to create a mobile study app), and concerns about local and global compliance. Longmire says Medable decided to create Axon, a low cost solution that solves these problems: no coding required.

Axon a solution that enables health professionals to directly build clinical study applications without a developer in a matter of hours. It provides a point-and-click interface that connects ResearchKit (and additional capabilities) with Medable's HIPAA compliant platform for creating and launching clinical study apps and submitting them to the App Store. Axon enables disease prediction models to be generated from study data, paving the way for algorithmic and personalized medicine, says Longmire.