Fitbit is one of the leading manufacturers of fitness wearables in the world. Now users can share their data with the All of Us research program. It will be the first fitness company to do this.
For those unfamiliar with All of Us, it's a crowdsourcing program dedicated to gathering information from a variety of users for further medical research for precision medicine (see: Personalized Treatments). at an accelerated speed. The program aims to gather information from at least one million participants, with data from surveys, electronic health records, physical measurements, biosamples and digital health technology. All opt-in options and "strict security measures" are used to protect privacy.
The big news here is of course Fitbit's partnership with All of Us. This is the first time a fitness company has chosen All of Us. Fitbit users who want to join can sign up for All of Us and then sync their Fitbit data with the program. These data include physical activity, heart rate and sleep patterns.
The cool thing is that the Fitbit device is not even needed ̵
This program also contains a second part. Finally, we all hope to send up to 10,000 Fitbit devices of an unknown model to random participants. This will help All of Us gather more data from users already participating in the program.
But personally, the goal of All of Us (of which I have not heard anything yet) is exciting for me because I am the father of a chronically ill child. The research done here could ultimately mean a longer life for him and many others suffering from a chronic disease. More participants and more data are very small things that lead to very big results.
To learn more about all of us, the data they collect, and the objectives of this data, go here. Here you can register to participate in the program.
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