LifeSpace, a new Stanford Research Health app begins its journey on the Apple App Store

Stanford LifeSpace app

Stanford University researchers launched a research study that helps develop individual life space maps.

The central idea behind the research study is to evaluate how environmental conditions influence health.

To that end, the researchers have developed a novel measure of the space within which individuals live and move. 

The LifeSpace app, built with the CardinalKit framework, creates individual life-space maps using Global Positioning System (GPS)-based methods.

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According to the researchers, there is ample data on the influence of the environment on health, but most studies have examined residential addresses as the primary environment.

“Our study will advance this research by including data on where people spend their time. By mapping the space within which individuals live and move, we can study features of the social and built environment that support health, and identify opportunities for intervention to protect disadvantaged communities.”

LifeSpace is conducted in partnership with the REGARDS study (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke ), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which has followed participants for over a decade to understand why Southerners and Black Americans have higher rates of stroke and related diseases that affect brain health.LifeSpace Research Study iPhone Health

To participate in the Study, you must create an account through the LifeSpace App. You must affirmatively consent to participate in the study before creating your account.

Your data will be used for research only. LifeSpace Researchers will NOT use your data for commercial advertising. 

The team spearheading the new research study includes Michelle Odden, Ph.D., Annabel Tan MPH, and Vishnu Ravi, MD. 

You can read more about this exciting research study on the Cardinal LifeSpace website.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.

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