Apple is launching its health research app on the iPhone that allows users to participate in medical exams
Apple is rolling out its health research app that allows users to participate in medical studies using an iPhone or Apple Watch
- The app offers three studies on hearing, heart health and women's health
- Users can download the app for free in the App Store
- Once logged in, users agree to share health data with scientists
- The move is part of Apple & # 39; s wider push in healthcare
Apple has rolled out a new health research app that allows iPhone and Apple Watch users to participate in scientific studies.
Users can now sign up to participate in three surveys, including a women's health survey that tracks women's menstruation, and only for Apple Watch users, the heart and motion exam, and the hearing exam.
Those who want to participate can do this through the & # 39; Research & # 39; app from Apple for download in the App Store.
Apple has rolled out its health research app that allows users to participate in scientific studies (file photo)
After registration, participants using Apple Watch and iPhone can contribute useful data about movement, heart rate and sound levels recorded during daily activities, from a walk to attending a concert.
Users can also determine what type of data they want to share with each study.
The move comes at a time when large technology companies are going deeper into collecting health-related data from their users.
Alphabet Inc & # 39; s Google tapped the fitness tracker market earlier this month with a $ 2.1 billion bid for Fitbit, and said it sees an opportunity to introduce its own portable devices and invest more in digital health.
However, the entry of large technology companies into health care is probably a tumultuous one.
Google has been reviewed this week by US regulators for its partnership with healthcare company Ascension after a study has shown that it has secretly collected health data about people.
Google has recently purchased the fitness wearable company Fitbit that gives the search a huge foothold in the portable market (file photo)
Although Apple's Research app has been a more visible effort, what Apple does with users' health information is likely to determine the future of the company.
According to the technology giant, those who sign up for research will only share data with the predetermined partners.
& # 39; The Research app has been carefully created to only share data with the chosen studies when the user approves & & # 39 ;, the company wrote in a blog post.
& # 39; It also includes a clear enrollment flow with detailed permission that explains how data is used and with which a user can manage the type of data shared with each survey. & # 39;
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