Apple doubles this year on health research with the launch of three new health studies focused on hearing,and and as it is related to physical movement. in September, which serves as a portal for these studies and is now available for everyone to download.
Apple collaborates with leading medical schools and health organizations to collect data, with the aim of collecting real-time health information that would otherwise not be available. For the most part, the average person would not participate in any form of research study unless they were referred by a doctor or searched for a study themselves. Allowing anyone with an iPhone ($ 660 with Amazon) and Apple Watch ($ 399 with Apple) to join a broader network.
I would fail if I didn't talk about the privacy and security of the health information you have in the app Research. For its part, Apple has said that it will not sell your data and that you can determine what types of data you send.
Before you agree to participate in a study, you will be given all the details about what the study entails, how the data is collected and will be used, the background and purpose of the study, the most important researchers leading their studies and more . You can stop participating in any of the surveys at any time and each survey will guide you through all relevant consent forms that you must sign.
Of course, if you are still worried about this, do not download the app. All health information that is already stored in theon your iPhone is private, secure and is not automatically shared with Apple for these studies unless you download the Research app and give explicit permission to do so. to do.
The Apple Health exams that are now available.
There are currently three exams that you can register. I fully expect Apple to add more studies in the coming years.
Apple Hearing Health Study
Analyzes the impact of loud noise on hearing health in the long term, using the Noise app on the Apple Watch. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the World Health Organization. Apple estimates that this investigation will take at least two years.
For this research, you will be asked to complete surveys and participate in hearing tests using EarPods or AirPods ($ 1
Apple Women & # 39; s Health Study
Investigates how menstrual cycles can screen for conditions such as infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy, menopause and osteoporosis, using. This study is being conducted in collaboration with The Harvard School of Public Health and National Institutes of Health. Apple estimates that this study can take tens of years, but you will be asked every two years if you want to stay in the study.
During the study you will be asked to complete surveys and share your period throughout the year
Apple Heart & Movement Study
Traces the correlation between physical activity and heart health. In particular, it will look at how signals such as walking speed and climbing stairs are related to quality of life, hospital admissions, falls and other markers of cardiovascular health. This study is being conducted in collaboration with the American Heart Association and Brigham and Women & # 39; s Hospital. Apple says that this study will last at least five years.
This study collects theand functions that your Apple watch records, if you choose to enable those functions. You will also be asked to complete health examinations.
How to participate in an Apple health survey
1. Make sure your iPhone uses the latest version of iOS (13.2.2) – you cannot download the app without it.
2. Download the Apple Research app from the App Store.
3. Choose which health studies you want to participate in and follow the instructions on the screen. You read and sign informed consent forms and choose what data from the Apple Health app you want to share.