Apple has this week announced three “unprecedented” medical studies, in partnership with academic and research institutions, which it says will reach more participants than has ever been possible.
The open studies, which will focus on hearing, women’s health and mobility and heart health, are to be made available to consumers through a soon to be released research app, which Apple says “democratises how medical research is conducted by bringing together academic medical institutions, healthcare organisations and the Apple products customers already make a part of their everyday life".
The Apple Women’s Health Study will focus on menstrual cycles and gynaecological conditions and will inform screening and risk assessment of conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, osteoporosis, pregnancy and menopausal transition.
The second study, the Apple Heart and Movement Study, will examine how heart rate and mobility signals, such as walking pace and flights of stairs climbed, relate to hospitalisations, falls, heart health and quality of life.
The final study, the Apple Hearing Study, will collect data in order to understand how everyday sound exposure can impact hearing.
Earlier this year, Apple announced results of its Apple Heart Study which enrolled more than 400,000 people and evaluated Apple Watch’s irregular rhythm notification.