Source: CareKit by carekit-apple (BSD)

Introduction

CareKit is a powerful OpenSource framework which provides a lot of functionality out of the box to help us build applications to help guide users through Care plans.

In order to get to grips with the CareKit framework and how to use it, we will build a simple application which allows a user to locally track some symptoms of COVID-19. This simple application is for demonstration purposes only and merely serves as a premise for us to explore the CareKit framework. Please use the official symptom tracker recommended for your country.

We will start off small, for this first tutorial…


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Neil Horton

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