The Apple Research app is now available for download for iPhone and Apple Watch after the announcement at the September event. Users in the U.S. may sign up for three health studies; Women’s Health, Heart and Movement, and Hearing Study.
The Women’s Health Study draws data from the watchOS 6 Cycle Tracking app with the goal of improving menstrual cycle scientific understanding. The Study of Heart and Movement uses a variety of watch signals, providing data on movement and health rates. The Hearing Report examines the effect on hearing health and stress levels of sound exposure.
The Research app can collect a variety of iPhone and Apple Watch paired data types, including data on movement, heart rate, and noise level.
As always, Apple is promoting its health efforts ‘ privacy angle. Apple says that only the studies to which the user explicitly signs up will be exchanged by the Research app.
Last night, the full results of its first Apple Watch Heart Study were published by Apple and Stanford Medicine. Today’s three new studies were identified as multi-year initiatives that could result in ‘potentially groundbreaking medical discoveries’.
The new Research app builds on CareKit and ResearchKit’s foundational research, first introduced in March 2015 by Apple’s COO Jeff Williams. In a press release, Williams said the following:
Apple is collaborating with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Institute of the NIH for the women’s health study. Together with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the American Heart Association, the new heart study is conducted. Finally, the study of hearing is being conducted by Michigan University. Apple says it is also going to share data with the Make Listening Safe unit of the World Health Organization.
If you have an iPhone or Apple Watch (Series 1 and later) and live in the U.S., you can download the Research App from the App Store today and start taking part in any or all of the new studies. Apple plans to deploy additional studies over time via the Research app.