Researchers tap Apple platform for LGBTQ population health

June 29, 2015 in Medical Technology

The LGBTQ community is the focus of a new study that will tap Apple’s clinical research platform as a tool to identify health disparities.

Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco will be using Apple’s ResearchKit application to tackle health disparities specifically facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality, or PRIDE, Study, will collect data on specific LGBTQ health issues, including HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, cancer and obesity.

“The LGBTQ community has been understudied and underserved in healthcare settings,” said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine and director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, in a press release. “This timely study helps fill the gap in our understanding of health and disease risk in this population, and importantly involves and engages members of these communities in this health-related research in important and novel ways.”

This story originally appeared in Healthcare IT News‘; sister publication mHealth News. Visit here to see the entire story

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