Popular health-tracking device to be used in US big-data project

The wearable health-tracking device Fitbit has been selected to assist in the All of Us big-data gathering project in the US.

The project, which is currently in a testing phase and due to be launched in spring 2018, aims to collect health data from over one million participants, and is a significant strand of the country’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

Up to 10,000 Fitbit devices will be distributed to a volunteer sample who will test the technology over a one-year period. After this time, researchers from the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), will assess feedback and surmise how the equipment can be integrated more broadly into the All of Us programme.

Launched in 2015, the All of Us project forms a major part of America’s PMI. It aims to collect large samples of human data that encompasses lifestyle, background and health in an effort to assist in research into the genetic intricacies of diseases.


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