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The studies will leverage data collected on the Apple Watch.
Apple’s focus on health research continues after the tech giant today announced three new health studies in conjunction with leading health organizations and institutions, along with a new Research app, at the company’s update event today.
Apple will study hearing, women’s health and heart and movement to improve health outcomes for patients and those who wear its Apple Watch.
The Apple Hearing Study will use the Noise app, which measures sound levels and alerts Apple Watch wearers if they are in an environment that is too loud, to see how the sound that wearers are exposed to daily affects hearing. Apple will work with researchers at the University of Michigan and the World Health Organization.
Apple’s Women’s Health Study will use data from the Cycle Tracking app to see how a woman’s menstrual cycle informs screening for infertility and osteoporosis. Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Institutes of Health will collaborate with Apple on the study, which aims to help advance the understanding of menstrual and gynecological health.
Apple partnered with researchers at the American Heart Association and cardiovascular experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the Apple Heart and Movement Study. During this study, experts will use metrics from the watch to determine a person’s overall heart health and health risks. With this information, interventions can be put in place to improve health.
Apple believes it can make a difference in health research with its Apple Watch and consumers can use the Apple Research app to sign up to participate in any of the studies. Apple claims the data used are all de-identified and will be secure.
The news of the announcement comes after the Apple Heart Study found success in the early detection of atrial fibrillation.
“We have an opportunity for health research to lead to innovations that can improve our health and the health of future generations,” Apple concluded.
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