After its September release, iPhone and Apple Watch users can now download the Apple Research app. Users in the United States can sign up for three health studies: women’s health, heart and exercise, and hearing research. The Women’s Health Research extracted data from the Cycle Tracking app on WatchOS 6 with the aim of raising scientific awareness of the menstrual cycle. Heart and exercise research uses a variety of signals from the watch, including movement and health rate information. The hearing study looked at the effects of sound exposure on hearing health and stress levels.
Last night, Apple and Stanford Medicine released the full results of a study of apple Watch heart data collection. Three new studies launched today have been described as multi-year projects that could lead to potentialbreakthrough medical discoveries. The new Research app is based on the basic work of CareKit and ResearchKit, which was originally launched in March 2015 by Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
If users have an iPhone and Apple Watch (Series 1 or higher) and live in the United States, they can download the Research app in the App Store immediately and start participating in a new health study.