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By  Laura Lovett 01:46 pm April 1, 2021
With a focus on travel during the pandemic, Apple Maps will now be displaying coronavirus airport travel guidance on airport place cards. The new initiative incorporates data from Airports Council International, and provides information about regulations and health measures such as face coverings, tests and quarantines. "The recovery of air travel will rely on passenger confidence in the industry...
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By  Dave Muoio 02:57 pm March 25, 2021
iPhones and Apple Watches could enable at-home assessment of cardiovascular disease patients' frailty via sensor data and an app-guided version of the six-minute walk test (6MWT), a traditionally clinic-based assessment of a person's functional capacity, according to data published yesterday in PLoS One. Conducted by Stanford University researchers and funded by Apple, the study provided 110...
Apple COVID-19 vaccine finder

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By  Laura Lovett 01:01 pm March 17, 2021
Apple joins the slew of big tech companies displaying COVID-19 vaccination centers through VaccineFinder, a tool created by Boston Children's Hospital with CDC support. As of today, Apple users will be able to search Apple Maps or ask Siri about available vaccine locations. Apple Maps will be able to display vaccine site locations, operating hours, phone numbers and links to register and make...
By  Laura Lovett 01:13 pm March 9, 2021
It’s no secret that periods often come with a whole variety of other symptoms, but data around menstruation is lacking. Apple and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health are looking to change that by collaborating on the Apple Women’s Health Study, which is aimed at understanding more about periods in women across demographics and lifestyles.  This morning the organizations released a...
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By  Jonah Comstock 01:53 pm March 3, 2021
In honor of World Hearing Day today, Apple and the University of Michigan (along with the World Health Organization) have released preliminary data from the Apple Hearing Study announced back in September 2019. "WHO estimates that there's about 450 million people around the world that have a hearing loss. That's a tremendous public health burden – there's not many other conditions that even...
By  Dave Muoio 02:43 pm February 22, 2021
University Health Network (UHN), a research collaborative supported by Toronto-area health organizations, is spinning up its academic study on heart-health monitoring via the Apple Watch. Conducted in collaboration with the tech giant and first name-dropped last fall, the project looks to determine whether or not blood oxygen, mobility and other types of data collected through the smartwatch's...
By  Dave Muoio 09:00 am February 19, 2021
DrChrono, the maker of an open, mobile-friendly EHR platform and other practice management software, has launched an open FHIR API that will allow a seamless transfer of patients' data from the company's OnPatient personal health record (PHR) to Apple Health, the iPhone-based PHR launched by the tech giant in 2018. Now, patients using the two platforms won't need to download and log into the...
The tech giant says this is a way to ensure a users' data is protected.
By  Laura Lovett 11:47 am February 17, 2021
Apple is tightening up its policy on COVID-19 vaccine passes, requiring developers to work with “entities recognized by public health authorities” before submitting to Apple. The company positioned this new policy as a way to ensure that users’ data is protected. The tech giant notes that these new regulations come amid an increase in health passes, which are typically designed to give users...
By  Dave Muoio 02:03 pm February 10, 2021
Mount Sinai researchers are the latest to share data indicating that consumer wearable devices can help flag new cases of COVID-19 prior to molecular diagnosis. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the institution's Warrior Watch Study provided Mount Sinai Health System workers with an Apple Watch and a custom study app. The results highlight a significant...
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By  Dave Muoio 03:12 pm January 28, 2021
23andMe's new COVID-19 resource. Consumer genomics company 23andMe has released a new interactive tool that allows users to see how various health factors could impact the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. The COVID-19 Severity Calculator pulls data from the company's COVID-19 study, which included 10,000 participants diagnosed with the disease and 750 who were hospitalized. 23andMe warned that...