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Apple launches three new health studies along with Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Delivers Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Delivers Apple Watch Series 6 (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple announced three new health studies at its September event.
  • Each new study focuses on studying the relationship between blood oxygen levels with other conditions.
  • The new studies will require an Apple Watch Series 6.

In its press release (opens in new tab) on the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple also mentioned three new Apple health studies that the company will be launching alongside its new Watch. The company announced that each new study is made possible by the new blood oxygen level monitoring featured in the Apple Watch Series 6.

Apple Watch Series 6 Aluminum Blue Case Blood Oxygen Animation

Apple Watch Series 6 Aluminum Blue Case Blood Oxygen Animation (Image credit: Apple)

The first study, put on between Apple and the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem, will focus on the influence of blood oxygen levels and their relationship to asthma.

This year, Apple will collaborate with the University of California, Irvine, and Anthem to examine how longitudinal measurements of blood oxygen and other physiological signals can help manage and control asthma.

The second study with the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network will seek to understand the relationship between blood oxygen levels and heart failure.

Separately, Apple will work closely with investigators at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the University Health Network, one of the largest health research organizations in North America, to better understand how blood oxygen measurements and other Apple Watch metrics can help with management of heart failure.

The final study with the Seattle Flu Study at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine and faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine will attempt to find a connection between Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen information captured by Apple Watch could detect respiratory conditions.

Finally, investigators with the Seattle Flu Study at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine and faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine will seek to learn how signals from apps on Apple Watch, such as Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen, could serve as early signs of respiratory conditions like influenza and COVID-19.

All three studies will require users to own an Apple Watch Series 6 with its new blood oxygen monitoring.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

2 Comments
  • Since one of the studies will take place at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research in Toronto, does this mean that Canadians can now take part in research studies? I have been wanting to donate my data ever since Apple started this program but it seems limited to the U.S. only.
  • Hmm I looked through the notes at the bottom of the press release and don't see any information about that. Hopefully though! Could be a little easter egg of what's to come!