Apple gets patients, hospitals involved with 3 new studies

Apple revealed Sept. 10 that it will conduct three new medical studies in partnership with academic and research institutions.

The studies will be available to iPhone and Apple Watch users through the new Research app, which is designed to allow patients to contribute to medical discoveries and healthcare innovation. The Research app will be available as a free download to users later this year.

"With the Apple Heart Study, we found that we could positively impact medical research in ways that help patients today and that make contributions that will benefit future generations," said Jeff Williams, Apple's COO. "[This] announcement carries our commitment to health even further by engaging with participants on a larger scale than ever before."

The three studies are:

1. Women's health study: Apple is teaming up with Boston-based Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to launch a long-term study on menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions. The study aims to inform screening and risk assessment for infertility, osteoporosis, pregnancy and more.

2. Heart and movement study: Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and the American Heart Association are getting involved in a study on how heart rate and mobile signals relate to hospitalizations, falls, heart health and quality of life.

3. Hearing study: The tech giant is collaborating with Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan to examine factors that impact hearing health. The first-of-its-kind study will be done alongside the World Health Organization.

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