Apple devices to feature in medical studies with new Research app

Wednesday 11 September 2019 | 11:15 CET | News

Apple announced three medical studies in partnership with leading academic and research institutions using its devices. The first focuses on women’s health, the second on heart and movement and the third on hearing. 

These studies will be available on the new Research app, which democratises the ways in which medical research is conducted by bringing together academic medical institutions, healthcare organisations and the Apple products customers already use.

Participants will contribute to potential medical discoveries and help create the next generation of innovative health products. The Research app will be available as a free download in the App Store later in 2019.

Apple Women’s Health Study

In partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Apple created the first long-term study of this scale focused on menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions. This study will inform screening and risk assessment of conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, osteoporosis, pregnancy and menopausal transition.

Apple Heart and Movement Study

Apple is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the American Heart Association on a comprehensive study of how heart rate and mobility signals — like walking pace and flights of stairs climbed — relate to hospitalisations, falls, heart health and quality of life in order to promote healthy movement and improved cardiovascular health.

Apple Hearing Study

Alongside the University of Michigan, Apple is examining factors that impact hearing health. The Apple Hearing Health Study is the first of its kind to collect data over time in order to understand the ways in which everyday sound exposure can impact hearing. The study data will also be shared with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a contribution toward its Make Listening Safe initiative.

Apple’s support of the medical research community began with the introduction of ResearchKit and CareKit, which expanded the pace and scale at which healthcare could be studied and provided. Apple used ResearchKit to create the Apple Heart Study, which was the largest study of its kind and illustrated the impact virtual, large-scale studies can have on medical research by examining atrial fibrillation to provide validation for the irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Apple
Countries: World
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