Today, Apple announced that they are launching three new health studies, and that you’ll be able to sign up via a forthcoming Research app.
The app will be available later this year, and the studies are opt-in. You aren’t part of them unless you use the app to sign up and grant the researchers access. The studies are:
- The Apple Hearing Study, with the World Health Organization and the University of Michigan. The study will use measurements of participants’ exposure to sounds—a feature that’s coming in iOS 13’s health app.
- The Apple Women’s Health Study, with the National Institutes of Health and Harvard’s School of Public Health. “The collaboration will permit researchers to study conditions including pregnancy, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menopausal transition, and osteoporosis,” an NIH news release says. Presumably it will collect data from the menstrual cycle tracking features Apple announced earlier this year.
- The Apple Heart and Movement Study, with the American Heart Association and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This one aims to relate heart and movement data to “hospitalizations, falls, heart health and quality of life.”
So far, Apple has had a good record of keeping medical data private, and we hope it continues with these collaborations. The researchers have not yet announced who will be eligible to join the studies, so we’ll have to wait for the Research app to find out.