Fitbit is one of the world's leading fitness wearable manufacturers, and now it will let users share their data with the All Us Research Program. It is the first training-based company to do so.
For those who are not familiar with all of us, it is an audience program dedicated to gathering information from a variety of users to further medical research for precision medicine (read: personal treatments) at a faster rate. The program aims to gather information from at least one million participants, with information coming from surveys, electronic journals, physical measurements, bio-patterns and digital health tech. It is all logged in and "strict protection" is used to protect privacy.
The great news here is of course Fitbit's partnership with us all. This marks the first time a training company has chosen to contribute to the goal for all of us. Fitbit users who want to participate can join us all, and then choose to synchronize their Fitbit data to the program. This information includes physical activity, heart rate and sleep patterns.
The cool thing here is that the Fitbit device is not even required to participate ̵1; just a Fitbit account . If you have a Fitbit account and use it manually, you can choose to synchronize that data with us all.
There is also a second part in this program. Eventually all of us hope to send up to 10,000 Fitbit units of unknown model to random participants. This will help all of us gather more data from users already participating in the program.
But with a more personal note, the goal for all of us (which I had not heard of earlier today) is exciting for me because I am the father of a chronically ill child. The research that is done here can ultimately mean a longer life for him and many others who live with a chronic illness. More participants and more data are very small things that lead to very large results.
To get to know more about all of us, the data they collect and what these data are intended to help with, head here. You can go here to register to participate in the program.
Fitbit via Engadget