Apple’s new Research App is now available for US customers

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Apple on Thursday announced their new Research App is now avaliable for download. The Apple Research App offers three different studies users can sign up for: Hearing, Heart Health, and Women’s Health studies. Here’s everything you need to know.

During Apple’s September iPhone event, the company previewed a brand-new Health Study app called “Apple Research App” that’ll allow users to contribute to groundbreaking research studies by simply using their iPhone and Apple Watch.

After the preview concluded, Apple said the app would be available “later this fall.” On Thursday, Apple announced that customers residing in the United States will be able to download the app to their devices starting today.

Users can enroll themselves in any of the three multi-year studies currently available: Apple Heart and Movement Study, Apple Hearing Study, and Apple Women’s Health Study. Apple makes it clear that users can decide what is shared with Apple and research partners, and you can opt-out at any time.

“Nothing is more personal than your health information. Helping you keep it confidential and secure is as important to us as it is to you. What you choose to share for research, and with which study, is controlled entirely by you. Any data collected through the Research app will be encrypted if you have a passcode set on your device. Once shared, it is stored securely in a system within Apple that is designed to meet the technical safeguard requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Apple will not have access to any contact information or other identifying data that you provide through the Research app. And you can withdraw from any study at any time, ending any future data collection,” says Apple.

“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. Participants on the Research app have the opportunity to make a tremendous impact that could lead to new discoveries and help millions lead healthier lives,” said Apple COO Jeff Williams.

Apple makes it clear that your data will never be sold to third-party companies. Only you decide what is shared with study partners like Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan.

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