Apple and Johnson and Johnson are collaborating on an interesting research study which aims to analyze the impact of an app-based heart health program with Apple Watch on the early detection of atrial fibrillation (AFib), and the reduction of stroke risk.
I tried to participate in this study but didn’t meet the entry requirements which are as follows:
- Be age 65 or older
- Be a resident of the United States for the duration of the study
- Use an iPhone 6s or later, with iOS 12.2 or later (Learn more)
- Have Original Medicare, sometimes called Traditional Medicare (Learn more)
Because I’m still working I have private health insurance and didn’t qualify.
According to the Heartline website:
The Heartline Study is a pragmatic, randomized, controlled, virtual research study, from Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with Apple. The primary objective is to analyze the impact of features on Apple Watch, combined with a heart health engagement program, on early detection of atrial fibrillation and clinical outcomes such as stroke. In addition, the study seeks to determine the impact of a heart health engagement program paired with a medication adherence intervention among those participants receiving an oral anticoagulant therapy who have been previously diagnosed with AFib. The data will also be used to find novel markers to identify, predict, or evaluate other health conditions.
The study website indicates some participants may get to borrow an Apple Watch 5:
Some participants may be asked to obtain an Apple Watch Series 5 or later. These participants will be offered two options to obtain a watch: purchase a watch, or get one on loan for the duration of the study and return it when your participation in the study ends. Johnson & Johnson and Apple are committed to ensuring that participation in the study is not limited based on financial need. Not all participants will be asked to obtain a watch, so make sure to follow the instructions in the app.
Information for Healthcare Providers who are trying to decide whether their patients should participate Is here.
Here is the study in graphic form
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson, is the sponsor of the Heartline Study. Apple is supporting the study technology and design of the app. Evidation Health provides the technology and study operations that enable the Heartline app and study experience for participants. Best Buy operates the Apple Watch distribution program for eligible study participants.
The ostensible motive for Apple and J and J is to improve outcomes in patients with afib. Obviously Janssen will sell more of its blood thinner Xarelto if more cases of afib are identified.
Participants will be sharing lots of private information with Apple and Evidation.
Despite these concerns I would likely have participated if I qualified and I will recommend that interested patients consider participating in Heartline.