New clinical trial apps for smartphones grant medical device manufacturers and drugmakers easier access to study participants and their self-collected data sets. Apple’s recently released ResearchKit platform connects with smartphone features including accelerometers, gyroscopes, and GPS locators, allowing users to conduct tests, track results, and report medical conditions to researchers. The ResearchKit apps are designed to learn more about long-term effects of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers enrolled about 60,000 patients in five studies in the first month after the platform’s release, a feat that would normally have taken much more time and effort, according to The Wall Street Journal. For more industry trends, please see our Medical Equipment & Supplies Manufacturing profile.