Fitbit has teamed up with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is now allowing its users to share their health data with the All of Us research program.
The All of Us program is an initiative that spreads all across the U.S and aims to collect data collected from people based on their own individual differences such as the environment they live in, their biology and lifestyle. All the data collected will be used to help and prevent diseases.
All of Us was launched back in 2015 and encompasses surveys, electronic health records, physical measurements and biosamples. There’s been no wearables included in the study until now and the FitBit is the very first one.
“Collecting real-world, real-time data through digital technologies will become a fundamental part of the program. This information in combination with many other data types will give us an unprecedented ability to better understand the impact of lifestyle and environment on health outcomes and develop better strategies for keeping people healthy in a very precise, individualized way.”
Eric Dishman, All of Us program Director
The device will offer the researches real-time data about physical activity, heart rate and sleep patterns but, even if you don’t own a Fitbit, you can still sign-up for the program and manually add your information, like weight, water intake, meals and more, on JoinAllofUs.org.