Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

What You Need To Know About Apple's New Health Initiatives

What You Need To Know About Apple's New Health Initiatives

It'll look at menstrual cycle data and ask participants for more details with monthly surveys, in the hopes of gaining deeper understanding about conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, osteoporosis and menopausal transition.

The hearing study comes from the University of MI and the World Health Organization and looks at sound exposure data from the iPhone, the Noise app on the Watch and surveys and hearing tests.

Apple said anyone who already had a vaping app on their iPhone would be able to continue using it and transfer it to any new Apple device. Participants will be randomly assigned to two groups in the study to assess if receiving Health app notifications when loud sound exposure is detected can motivate users to modify their listening behaviors. The first three studies focus on movement, heart rate, and noise level data captured during everyday activities.

"Today marks an important moment as we embark on research initiatives that may offer incredible learnings in areas long sought after by the medical community", said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer.

The Apple Women's Health Study wants 500,000 people to sign up over the next five years.

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There is a great opportunity to better understand menstrual cycles and how they relate to women's health. The study will be conducted in partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

In a statement, the American Heart Association supported Apple's stance.

The studies are being billed as observational - meant to monitor people rather than serve them with an intervention - although the hearing health study has an interventional component.

As these are Apple health studies, you can be certain your data is protected. Apple's working with the University of MI on that project, data from which it'll share with the World Health Organization's Make Listening Safe initiative.

You control which types of data you share, and you can stop sharing your data at anytime. There's also a very clear enrollment flow to explain how your data is used. Back in September, Apple announced that iOS 13 would include a revamped Health app, which consolidated information from various other health apps-food data, meditation minutes, and steps, for example-into one place.

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