Stanford University’s Health Innovation Laboratory has opened a new study to see if wearable devices like the Apple Watch can be used to track and identify diseases such as COVID-19. The project has now begun to recruit COVID-19 confirmed, suspected, close contacts, as well as health care workers and grocery store staff to participate in the study.
The study is expected to last 24 months and askparticipants to conduct daily surveys for no more than two minutes. Participants must wear devices such as the Apple Watch or Fitbit throughout the study.
According to the recruitment page, the researchers accessed the participants’ physiological data. “Depending on the device type, the research team will ask you to share the exported data file, or share your device username, and reset your password to the password we provide during the study,” the page reads. “
The lab also plans to collect medical records from participants, and Stanford says they do not guarantee confidentiality during the study and that the study is voluntary — and participants are not paid for it. They have also teamed up with rival technology giant Google to create a common framework that can be used to help track contact.