STAT September 10, 2019
Rebecca Robbins

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday announced that it’s launching three research studies that will assess the Apple Watch’s capabilities in monitoring women’s medical conditions, hearing health, and mobility signals like heart rate and walking pace.

It’s the latest sign of Apple’s rising profile and ambition as a player in medical research — centered around a consumer gadget that has yet to demonstrate that it offers widespread health benefits for individuals or the population at large.

Apple will partner on the studies with the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, as well as leading academic medical institutions including the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the University of Michigan.