Scripps Research and Fitbit tie-up to study and advance precision medicine

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Scripps Research, a nonprofit biomedical institute, is launching a new program called “All of Us” to advance the study of precision medicine.

Scripps Research distributes 10,000 Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Charge 4 devices to the study participants at no cost.sensors on Fitbit smartwatch

The one-year study’s goal is to learn more about how people engage with wearable devices to help inform future research. 

The virtual clinical study will generate a data set that presents a unique opportunity for the research community to explore the relationship between physical activity, heart rate, sleep, and other health metrics, along with health outcomes as part of the broader All of Us program.


Researchers at Scripps Research have studied the utility of consumer wearables in biomedical research and healthcare for a decade.

The partnership with wearable companies such as Fitbit aims to validate how these technologies can be used to influence and improve healthcare.

“We are excited to get these Fitbit devices out to participants and begin gathering wearable data from a diverse group of people,” Moore Vogel says. “This information will help accelerate a transformation of healthcare, providing new insights that will enable the tailoring of prevention and treatment strategies to the individual.”

Fitbit Health Solutions, a division of Fitbit under Amy McDonough’s leadership, has been spearheading numerous initiatives recently focused on enterprises.

Recently Fitbit tied up with NASA to help mission-critical employees stay healthy and announced a partnership with Diabetes UK foundation to help people lead healthier lives.

Source: Scripps Research wearable technology study press release

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I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. 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 and fitness-tech evolution and keeping 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 Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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