Apple has taken its next big step with its newly introduced research study app. This will be its second time working with a health study. Apple previously partnered with Stanford back in 2017, and now the company is delving deeper. Tap or click here to see how Apple’s app can predict heart attacks almost as well as an EKG.
The previous study saw around 400,000 participants with access to Apple iPhones and watches. Apple hopes to repeat, if not exceed, this amount of interest from its users with the new research study app.
The new app, simply referred to as Research, hopes to uncover further insights into women’s health. Specifically, the heart, movement and hearing aspects of health. We’ll give you all the details about the app, how the study works and how you can sign up to participate.
Apple’s health research app
To conduct the women’s health study, Apple is partnering with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. According to Apple, the study “seeks to analyze the impact of certain behaviors and habits on a wide breadth of reproductive health topics.”
The study will specifically look at menstrual cycle data and ask participants for more details with monthly surveys, in the hopes of collecting a more detailed understanding about certain conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, osteoporosis and menopausal transition. Apple says the multi-year study is the first long-term one “of this scale and scope.”
Apple’s heart and movement study
For its heart and movement study, Apple has teamed up with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as the American Heart Association. Together, they will explore the key factors that directly impact heart health and the root cause(s) for deterioration in mobility or overall health and well-being.
Participants are encouraged to sign up through the Research app and track their workouts with the Apple Watch.
The study hopes to provide more detailed insights into how “certain mobility signals and details about heart rate and rhythm could serve as potential early warning signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), heart disease or declining mobility.”
The third study focuses on headphone usage and will collect environmental sound data using an iPhone and the Apple Watch Noise app to examine how they may impact our hearing over time.
This study will also delve deeper into how certain levels of sound exposure over a length of time can affect cardiovascular health and stress levels. Apple has chosen to collaborate with the University of Michigan on this study.
The data collected from the study will be shared with the World Health Organization’s Make Listening Safe initiative.
How the study works and how you can participate
Apple has stated that the Research app will only share data with studies that users have signed up for. The app explains how your data will be used, and you can control what information you share with each research team. Apple users living in the US can download the app and join the study right now.