Apple launches new medical-focused Research app

The new app is making it easy for people to participate in research studies in a virtual way. Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains how it works.
1:55 | 11/14/19

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apple is trying to revolutionize medical research. Dr. Jen, you're back. Chances are pretty good you have one of these or know someone who has one of these. They're definitely great for talking, for texting for listening to tunes but starting today, it may also be great for the advancement of science by collecting data about your health-related behaviors. This morning, the company behind the iPhone and the apple watch now charging to the forefront in the field of medical research. Apple launching its new research app starting with three studies on heart and movement. Hearing and women's health. I am thrilled that one of your studies has to do with women's health. Tell us a little bit about that study. So we're really focused on areas we can provide the information to a user so they can be more proactive and engage earlier on with the physician. Apple now hoping millions of its users will participate. But what about privacy? Explain why people should feel comfortable sharing their personal information and their data. We will never sell your data. They can decide when to stop contributing data so everything is taken into account. The end goal in part to improve health in the age of smartphones. Now, apple is taking this venture into research very seriously by partnering with some of the most prestigious institutions and organizations in the world like Harvard's Brigham and women's hospital, the American heart association, university of Michigan and the world health organization. People who are interested can go right now to and learn more about participating in these studies. And it's not in lieu of seeing a doctor. Absolutely not. It's in addition to. You can learn about your health behavior and so other can learn advancement of science. I normally have mine on. It's really helped me. Close those rings. I know. Hey, ginger. You know

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