Fitbit wearables to be used in ‘All of Us’ Research Programme

Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in this ambitious longitudinal study that aims to collect the baseline characteristics of at least 1 million Americans.  In this article, which was published on, author Dave Muoio reports on how the devices will be employed in the US research programme. 


Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, an ambitious longitudinal study ultimately aiming to collect the baseline characteristics of 1 million or more Americans. 

The wearable manufacturer announced that The Participant Center — a unit led by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) tasked with enrolling diverse populations into the national program — will be distributing 10,000 Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Alta HR devices to a representative sample of All of Us participants. At the end of a one-year study period, researchers will provide the national program with recommendations on how Fitbit’s wearables may be more broadly employed in the national study. These devices will also collect an early data set of the users’ physical activity, heart rate, sleep, and other critical health outcomes.

“As part of the global shift towards precision medicine, wearable data has the potential to inform highly personalized healthcare,” Adam Pellegrini, general manager of Fitbit Health Solutions, said in a statement. “Through this historic initiative, we will be able to see the role that Fitbit data can play on the path to better understanding how individualization can help to prevent and treat disease.”

According to the wearable manufacturer’s statement, the STSI chose Fitbit following a assessment of peer-reviewed validation studies. Their prominence among healthcare studies involving wearables was also a factor in the decision.

“The Fitbit devices selected track a combination of physical activity, sleep, and heart rate parameters,” Eric Topol, founder and director of STSI, said in a statement. “The popularity of Fitbit devices among millions of Americans, combined with their ease of use, including multi-day battery life and broad compatibility with smartphones, made Fitbit a natural choice for this pilot program.”

The All of Us Research Program was established by the White House in 2015, then as the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program. The forward-looking initiative looks to establish a dataset and research infrastructure that can be used by researchers of various disciplines for years to come.

Source: MobiHealthNews

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