Thousands of people already signing up for ResearchKit-powered medical studies

Less than 24 hours following Apple's announcement of ResearchKit, thousands of people have signed up for medical research programs through ResearchKit apps available in the App Store, Bloomberg noted Wednesday.

Stanford University researchers were reportedly “stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study” using ResearchKit.

Apple makes first steps into medical research, introduces ResearchKit

Apple's Jeff Williams has just taken the stage at the Apple Watch event to talk about a new venture for the company: medical research. The SVP of Operations explains how working on HealthKit for iPhone led the Cupertino firm to release a new platform to aid in medical research, called ResearchKit.

"For all the amazing breakthroughs medical researchers have made, they still face big challenges," Williams said. "Sometimes, researchers see patients only once a quarter, making it difficult to get a complete picture of their health." And that's where ResearchKit comes in—now researchers can create apps.