Google launches Android app to gather information for well being analysis

The app was unveiled with a respiratory well being examine to assist battle COVID-19.

December 12, 2020, 2:36 PM

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Researchers usually have struggled to draw volunteers for giant research, and Google hopes to streamline the recruitment course of by connecting analysis establishments straight with potential volunteers. Google additionally goals to contribute to research that would assist with COVID-19.

Google Health Studies, accessible totally free on Android telephones, reveals an inventory of obtainable research and the standards to take part. To enroll in a examine, members can undergo a safe e-consent course of, present fundamental demographic info and reply survey questions to begin contributing information. The platform allows researchers to entry information from a big, numerous inhabitants in real-time, constructing a extra consultant image of the present well being panorama.

Because the app offers with delicate information, Google stated it is going above and past to make sure the info is safe. All participant information is encrypted and anonymized, and, in sure circumstances, participant information might be transmitted to researchers as an mixture to additional defend members’ privateness.

Amid the pandemic, the app is launching with a respiratory well being examine in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The examine goals to assist scientists, docs, public well being consultants and the final inhabitants higher perceive the dynamics of how respiratory viruses unfold.

Dr. John Brownstein, a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, and one of many lead researchers concerned within the examine,

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