Now iPhone will help you better understand your body temperature

Now iPhone will help you better understand your body temperature

Apple announced ResearchKit as its open source framework for medical studies last year. And now, Boston Children’s Hospital has utilised the same innovation to let you better understand your temperature by simply using an iPhone.

The Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) and Autoinflammatory Diseases Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital has developed its Feverprints app that will help in answering what is a fever in your body. The app will gather data through iPhone to detect your “normal” body temperature that would be either more or less than the static 98.6°F (37°C).

Feverprints app on iPhone to understand body temperature

Feverprints app allows you to understand your body temperature directly from your iPhone

“Many factors come together to set an individual’s ‘normal’ temperature, such as age, size, time of day and maybe even ancestry,” says Jared Hawkins, MMSc, PhD, director of informatics for IDHA and a member of Boson Children’s Computational Health Informatics Program, in a release note. “We want to help create a better understanding of the normal temperature variations throughout the day, to learn to use fever as a tool to improve medical diagnosis, and to evaluate the effect of fever medications on symptoms and disease course.”

Feverprints will crowdsource personal information about body temperature, lifestyle and health to provide you symptoms and medications. The data collected by the app will be anonymised and logged in a secure database.

“By using ResearchKit to bring this study to iPhone, we’re able to gather more data about body temperature patterns than ever before possible,” Hawkins added.

Notably, the app won’t collect data on its own. It will instead ask you to record your temperature multiple times that will be mined by a doctors’ team.

The app is aimed to help clinicians diagnose infections and other diseases that cause changes in your body temperature. Additionally, the team at Boston Children’s Hospital will examine the data to answer how fever-reducing medicines work in reducing the temperature.

All in all, the new development is set to make iPhones smarter in the future. It would also set a pitch for other researchers to use Apple’s ResearchKit in making new healthcare solutions.

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