Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data

Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data.

Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data -

Technology giant Apple has announced it is launching a research app which can allow users to have the option of privately contributing to health research by sharing data collected from their smartwatch.

Via this new app, Apple is looking to conduct three medical studies, in partnership with academic and research institutions.

The topics will be the long-term effects of sounds on your hearing health; how menstrual cycles can inform the screenings for infertility and osteoporosis; and how activity and movement impact overall health.

Prior to the Research app, those who wished to take part in health studies through Apple would have to download a specialised app. Now, the Research app provides a single portal for health studies.

Tech Crunch has also reported that Apple has promised it will respect the data privacy of users saying they decide what information they want to share and that it will not have access to any information that directly identifies them.

Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said the announcement cements the company’s interest in health “by engaging with participants on a larger scale than ever before”.

In September 2017, Apple announced enhanced heart rate monitoring and alerting software would be built into the latest third-generation Apple watches.

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Apple to launch research app to allow users to privately submit health data.