OLATHE, Kan. – A new collaboration will enable researchers to access data from Garmin wearables through the Fitabase research platform, providing curated data sets for deep analysis.
Fitabase has worked with more than 150 academic and clinical institutions worldwide on more than 500 studies.
“Garmin is excited to work with an innovative company like Fitabase that’s focused on accelerating digital health research that will ultimately lead to the improvement of health outcomes and reduce costs for patients,” said Travis Johnson, global product lead at Garmin Heath, in a statement. “The integration of the Garmin Health API with Fitabase is a great example of our commitment to provide a great user experience for participants involved in these studies and therefore better results through increased program adherence.”
The collaboration is already working at Copenhagen University, where researchers are studying how physical activity during pregnancy affects maternal and child health.
“Using friendly consumer devices paired with powerful research tools will make a significant impact on supporting the needs of our research,” said Signe de Place Knudsen, one of the researchers, in a statement.
Researchers in the past have often been forced to rely on self-reported, subjective metrics that are inherently biased and based on episodic data or patient memories, Johnson said.
“The objective of our collaboration is that continuous data from Garmin wearables provides researchers a comprehensive window into activity, heart rate, sleep and even pulse ox data that may help to better understand the relationship between lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes,” he said.