Google has launched an app for Android users to take part in health studies by answering survey questions and contributing applicable data. The Google Health Studies app is an attempt to make it easier for research institutions to hook up with potential study participants. The first study is in partnership with researchers from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and makes a speciality of respiratory illnesses, including influenza and COVID-19. The app isn’t to be had in India yet.
Announcing the launch of the app through a blog post, the search giant said that Google Health Studies will supply a platform for researchers to succeed in a large and diverse population, so they may be able to understand human health better. Google also said that this initiative will give you the public with ‘greater opportunities to contribute to medical research.’ The app may also be downloaded from Google Play, even if it’s not to be had for Indian users for now.
Adults in the USA are eligible for the Respiratory Health Study, Google’s first study in the Android app. It’ll focus on identifying how respiratory illnesses, including influenza and COVID-19, evolve in communities and vary across risk factors such as age, and activities such as go back and forth. Participants will be required to use the Google Health Studies app to often self-report how they feel, what symptoms they could also be experiencing, preventative measures -if any- that they have got taken, and extra information such as COVID-19 or influenza test results.
This first study uses a privacy technology that can let researchers inspect trends to understand the link between mobility, such as the number of day by day trips a person makes out of doors the home, and the spread of coronavirus.
Google said that it focused on three principles while building the app: keeping information secure, treating it responsibly, and putting participants in keep an eye on. The tech giant claimed the participants’ data would be secure with Google’s advanced security, and the entire information would be encrypted and research data stored securely. Google said that participants would also be capable of access research findings when they change into to be had.
Participants would be capable of see what data is being contributed for every study, including when and why it’s shared. Google said that the study data would only be used for the purposes that are explicitly consented to in the research study. It would not be used to show participants ads, shared with advertisers, or sold, as claimed by the company.
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