Giving back to your community by making the world a better and healthier place just got a lot easier with Apple’s Research app!
Start the New Year right by offering up your contribution to new and groundbreaking research studies with just your Apple Watch and iPhone.
Apple launched three new health studies in late 2019. These are the Apple Heart and Movement, Women’s Health and Hearing Studies. In this article, we show you how you can sign up and enroll in the new heart and movement study.
These new studies offered by Apple are being conducted in partnership with leading academic and research institutions in the US.
- 1 Enable research that was impossible before
- 2 Apple Heart and Movement Study Key Requirements
- 3 How to sign up for the new Apple Heart and Movement study
- 4 How long are these studies?
- 5 Is my health information kept private?
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Enable research that was impossible before
Large-scale health studies both time-consuming and expensive. But with devices like an Apple Watch and iPhone, we can now capture health information, including signals from your heart, your level of motion and activity, and your sound exposure levels throughout the day.
And the Research app makes it all possible! All you need to do is sign up for a study straight from your iPhone. And if you meet the study criteria, you’re in!
Yes, it really is that easy.
Now participants can contribute to potentially groundbreaking medical discoveries with iPhone and Apple Watch, and help create the next generation of innovative health products.
The multi-year studies are available via the new Research app, which can be downloaded today from the App Store.
The Apple Heart and Movement Study is a broad study of factors that affect heart health and potentially cause deterioration in mobility or overall well-being, in an effort to promote healthy movement and improved cardiovascular health.
It is widely known that measuring the quality and quantity of a person’s movement can provide insight into their current and future health status.
Apple Heart and Movement Study Key Requirements
Who can Participate in the Apple Heart & movement Study?
You can participate in this study by using your iPhone and your Apple Watch.The new studies are currently only available to US residents and allowed for participants older than 18 years ( in most states).
What are the expectations and requirements for this study?
You need to have an Apple Watch version 1 or later running watchOS 6.1 or later.
Here are the detailed list of requirements for the Apple Heart and movement study. Please make a note of the requirements before you sign up for the study by tapping on ‘enroll in study’.
How to sign up for the new Apple Heart and Movement study
- Open App Store on your iPhone and look for Apple Research app or click on the link here to open the new app
- Install the new Apple Research app on your iPhone by double clicking on the side button
- Tap on the Research app to get started.
- During the setup process, tap on ‘Allow’ when you see the Research app notifications screen
- On the next screen, scroll down and locate ‘Apple Heart & Movement Study’
- Tap on ‘Learn More & Enroll’ to get going
- Fill out your research profile by providing your email and phone number
- Review any state related laws and consent ( particularly for California residents)
- Review requests for Data access
- Complete setup and make sure Settings > Notifications > Research is enabled
Once you have completed the enrollment process, you should get a notification and follow the requested tasks.
How long are these studies?
The entire study will last for at least 5 years and you will be providing consent to continue in the study every two years. The Apple heart and movement study will collect data using your Apple Watch such as fall detection, IRN and the ECG app.
Every month, the research app will ask you some questions about your health and physical functions. This process should take no more than 5 minutes according to the research app guideline.
If you are interested in participating in any of the three launched studies, download the new Research app and get started. We are not sure if there is a deadline or a limitation around how many people can enroll, so it may be best if you sign up and get started now instead of waiting.
Is my health information kept private?
Your health information just might be your most private and personal information. That’s why Apple is committed to keep it completely confidential and secure.
In the research app, you get to choose what information to share and with which study.
All of your collected data collected is encrypted when you have a passcode set on your device.
Once shared, it is stored securely in a system within Apple that is designed to meet the technical safeguard requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA.)
When you use the Research app, Apple can not access any of the provided contact information or other identifying data.
Plus, if needed you can withdraw from any study at any time–and stop any additional collection of your health information.
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