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Apple shares a glimpse at research
Apple is gearing up to release a new metric called Walking Steadiness aimed at preventing falls in older people, but so far, the company has only shared a narrow glimpse of studies underpinning the tool. That’s raising the nagging question of how much health research tech companies should be required to show. Apple’s Ron Huang told STAT the new feature is based on both the ongoing Apple Heart and Movement Study, in which 100,000 have participated, as well as more targeted research tracking sensor data from older people. But Apple hasn’t shared much about how that data became an algorithm that can predict whether people will fall. Researchers would love to see Apple stick to the tenets of good science and make its data available for independent review. “We’re looking at that,” Huang said. Mario has the whole story.
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