Apple has today announced three new health studies in collaboration with leading academic and research institutions, that will reach more participants than ever before through the new ‘Research’ app releasing as a free download in the App Store later this fall.
Apple notes that using the forthcoming Research app, Participants will be able to “contribute to potential medical discoveries and help create the next generation of innovative health products.”
“Today’s announcement carries our commitment to health even further by engaging with participants on a larger scale than ever before,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
Below are the three studies that will explore new areas of medical research.
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 has 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 hospitalizations, 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 how everyday sound exposure can impact hearing. The study data will also be shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a contribution toward its Make Listening Safe initiative.
Apple has previously used ResearchKit to create the Apple Heart Study, which was the largest study of its kind.