Fight COVID-19 through
the Power of People
Current COVID-19 testing has many challenges, including limited supply and slow turnaround. We’re working to find out if information from wearable devices can help detect infection before symptoms emerge.
Who Should Join
We are currently looking for people who:
- Have had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19,
- Have been exposed to somebody who has known or suspected COVID-19, or
- Are at higher risk of exposure (like healthcare workers, grocery store workers, those living in student housing, etc.).
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How It Works
Our research in 2017 shows data collected from wearables can help detect infectious illness days before symptoms emerge.
With your consent, we will collect your health information via symptom survey and wearable devices to establish your baseline.
Predict & Protect
Our algorithm picks up abnormal patterns that deviates from your baseline to predict infection onset.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Enroll and download the app.
Enroll and wait for an invite to download the app. Once set up, we will be able to receive your real-time wearable data.
Continue to wear your device.
Continue to wear your wearable device to keep track of your health measurements: heart rate, movement, skin temperature, etc.
Fill out a symptom survey.
Help us understand your data by completing regular symptom surveys taking less than 3 minutes. Participate consistently to help us validate algorithms that detect COVID-19 before symptom onset. The sooner we deploy the app and send infection alert to users, the more lives we can save together.
WHAT WE PROMISE
A gold standard for safety
Our data collection app MyPHD was designed based on Stanford’s gold-standard of data privacy and security. Your data is safe with us.
Your data is secure
This study has been approved by the Chief Security and Privacy Officers of Stanford University, and has been rigorously vetted by the Stanford Institutional Review Board.
Your contribution is valuable
Your data directly contributes towards validating our early infection warning system. This could support a safer re-opening of the economy, since it would allow people to self-isolate as opposed to unwittingly spreading the disease when they are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.
You are in good company
We are proud to join force with industry leaders like Garmin and Fitbit to improve healthcare for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Participation Eligibility & Enrollment
How do I get enrolled in the study?
Please start enrolling by filling out enrollment surveys above.
You'll be redirected to our consent form page, where you can read more about what is involved and decide whether you agree to take part.
If you decide to enroll in the study, the whole process may take approximately 10-15min of your time. Please make sure to complete all of the surveys.
Once you are enrolled in the study, you will receive instructions to download the MyPHD app from the App Store/Google Play.
The MyPHD app, where you can easily link your wearable devices, is created by our bioinformatic team at Stanford University.
We will use it to collect data from your wearable device and your daily symptom information to track onset and progression of infectious diseases, including the COVID-19. Our goal is to be able to predict the onset of infection before the actual symptoms start.
What if I don’t fit into the current criteria to participate now?
At this time, we are not enrolling people who do not meet the eligibility criteria, but we plan to open to include people who were:
- not sick in the past 6 months, or
- sick with other diseases (eg, common cold or flu).
If you are in these two categories, please come back in a few weeks to see if you can enroll.
I think I had COVID-19 / I had symptoms of COVID-19 recently. Can I enroll?
If you had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 between November 2019 and now (including but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell) and you know the approximate dates that you had those symptoms, then you would be a good candidate for the study.
I’ve been experiencing symptoms that sound like a ‘suspected’ case. Do you think my symptoms could have been COVID-19?
Please note, this research study team cannot diagnose whether or not your symptoms were because of COVID-19 infection. If you had symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell since November 2019 we can consider this “suspected” for the purposes of enrollment in this study.
If you are interested in participating, as long as you have a wearable device (eg Fitbit, Apple Watch, other) that you have been wearing while you were sick and know the dates that you were sick, you would be a great candidate for the study.
On the first page of enrollment surveys, there will be two questions asking:
- “Have you had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?” – please answer “yes”.
- “COVID-19 confirmed or suspected?” – please answer “Suspected”.
I’d like to participate, but I can’t want to wear my wearable device all the time.
Please still consider enrolling, and wear your device as much as is possible/comfortable.
As much information as we can collect is valuable, although we appreciate that it might not be possible for you to wear your device all the time.
I’d like to participate but I don’t own a wearable device. Can you provide me one?
The project contains multiple studies. The wearables companies that we have collaborated with may be able to provide you with a wearable if you fit the criteria to enroll in the specific study that they are supporting. Get started to find out which study you are eligible for.
I forgot to enter some information in the enrollment survey. What should I do?
Please email us the information at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enter it in the survey for you.
Can my friend/spouse/family member enroll too?
Does this study enroll non-English speakers?
Currently, we can enroll people who can consent in English. If you can read and understand the consent form in English, please go to our website to enroll. We hope that in the future we can include other languages too.
2. How to Participate & What to Do During The Study
What is the purpose of this research study?
We are trying to establish if data collected from wearable devices can be used to predict the onset of an infectious disease such as COVID-19 before the actual symptoms start. We are hoping to build an algorithm and app that will alert people that they are sick before becoming symptomatic, allowing people to self-isolate become becoming symptomatic and contagious. We will collect data such as step count, body movement, electrical changes in the skin related to stress (galvanic skin response, GSR), skin temperature, your location (global positioning system, GPS), the amount of oxygen in your blood, your blood pressure, the quality of your sleep. We have previously shown that wearables data such as heart rate can be used for early detection of infectious disease, even before the appearance of symptoms. We are trying to apply this approach for early detection of COVID-19.
Can I get tested for COVID-19 (or COVID-19 antibodies) through this study?
No, you cannot get COVID-19 testing through this study. This is a research study where we are trying to establish if data collected from wearable devices can be used to predict the onset and progression of COVID-19. Being part of a research study helps the medical community understand COVID-19 better and may benefit others. It is not a replacement for your own medical care. If you have any concerns about symptoms or questions about your own medical care please contact your doctor.
How do I get started as a participant?
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can enroll in the study. Please follow these steps:
- You'll be redirected to our consent form page, where you can read more about what is involved and decide whether you agree to take part.
- You'll be prompted to read and sign the consent documents and answer some questions about your medical history and current and past symptoms. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete all the surveys.
- You will receive an email with instructions to download the MyPHD app from the App Store/Google Play. The app was created by our bioinformatic team at Stanford University. We will use it to collect data from your wearable device and your daily symptom information to track onset and progression of infectious diseases, including the COVID-19. Our goal is to be able to predict the onset of infection before the actual symptoms start.
- Follow the instruction video in the app to link your wearable device with the app.
- You will be asked to fill in a symptom survey regularly and keep wearing your wearable device as much as possible.
Even if you don’t fit the eligibility criteria at the moment, we are planning to expand this study. Please come back to visit our website again soon.
Can I participate in the study without signing a research consent form or Authorization to Use Your Health Information For Research Purposes form?
No. Information about you and your health is personal and private, it cannot be used in this research study without your written authorization. Your information will only be used in accordance with this authorization form and the consent form and as required by law.
What do I do during the study as a participant?
You will be asked to continuously wear your wearable device and share the data collected by the device with the study team. The devices will be worn or used every day, for up to 24 hours per day, up to 24 months. You will be able to remove the devices for part of each day as needed and when you feel comfortable doing so.
To do so, we will ask you to download the MyPHD app, created by our bioinformatic team in Dr. Snyder’s lab at Stanford, where you can easily link your wearable devices. The app, once properly installed in your phone, will be able to link to your device and automatically collect the data. In addition, we will invite you to fill out a weekly symptom report (daily if you are symptomatic), either online or using the app. The survey should take no more than 1-2 minutes to fill out.
I had symptoms previously. How should I enter that information?
Once you enroll, you will be prompted to complete several surveys, one of which will ask about past symptoms. It would be very helpful if you include in that survey whatever you can remember about your previous symptoms.
What are Weekly Reminders and why are they important?
Symptoms report reminders (via email and text message) are sent once per week instead of every day. That way, if you are healthy and not experiencing symptoms, you can fill out a symptoms check once per week instead of everyday! On the other hand, if you are feeling sick of experiencing any type of symptoms, we would love you to report them to us every day. Please use our study app MyPHD to do so, or alternatively, the link that you see in the weekly reminder should provide you the option to select different dates. If you have any questions or issues in this regard, please let us know via email at email@example.com.
How long do I need to keep completing the surveys / sharing my wearables data?
It would be valuable to collect the wearables data for up to 2 years to understand how COVID-19 impacts long-term health. However, your participation in the study is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time.
Can I change my device during the study? (i.e., can I buy a new Fitbit or do I have to keep using my old one?)
You can change your device during the study as long as it is a device supported by our app. Please make sure to select your new device as your primary device on the MyPHD app.
I want to withdraw. What should I do?
Click "Unsubscribe" at the bottom of your Weekly Reminder email, and follow the prompts to withdraw from the study.
3. Consent, Authorization & Data Privacy
How will my health information be utilized in the study?
You are invited to participate in a research study on wearable devices that are able to measure physiological data, (i.e. steps, accelerometer, skin temperature, heart rate, GPS, and other). We intend to enroll people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have been in contact with somebody who tested positive. We are trying to establish if data collected from these type of devices (such as heart rate), can be used to predict the advent of an infectious disease (such as COVID-19) before the actual symptoms start. You will be asked to wear a fitness tracker, and share the data collected by the device with the study team.
What data is being collected?
We will collect data from wearable devices, such as step count, body movement, electrical changes in the skin related to stress (galvanic skin response, GSR), skin temperature, your location (global positioning system, GPS), the amount of oxygen in your blood, your blood pressure, the quality of your sleep.
In addition, we will ask you to report past and current symptoms (eg. fever, sore throat) via symptom survey on the MyPHD app.
Additionally, if you agree, we would ask your permission to collect medical record information from you.
How will my personal data be stored?
The data will be secured by Stanford University and only accessed by the study team.
How does the study protect my privacy when data is released/disclosed?
Once your identifiers (such as name, date of birth, address etc) are removed from the research data, the research data may be shared publicly. For example the research data may be put in a public database for other researchers to use.
In simpler words, is my data secured?
The data will be collected from the wearable device(s) itself or the device company’s server and stored on secure Stanford University servers. In the context of the MyPHD app, which has been data risk approved by Stanford University, we have established a secure computational and storage framework to minimize any risks to your privacy.
Who may receive, use or disclose my health information?
Aside from the research team, some other parties may need to have access to some study information. More details are provided in the consent form.
The following parties are authorized to use and/or disclose your health information in connection with this research study:
- The Protocol Director Dr. Michael P Snyder
- The Stanford University Administrative Panel on Human Subjects in Medical Research and any other unit of Stanford University as necessary
- Research Staff
4. Contacts for Questions, Concerns & Complaints
I'm not receiving Weekly Reminders. What should I do?
You may have accidentally entered the incorrect email and/or phone number, or disabled email and/or SMS reminders when enrolling in the study. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide you with the email and phone number you have entered, as well as inform you which have been enabled to receive notifications. We can update any fields you wish to change.
Who should I contact within the research team for questions, concerns or complaints about this research study?
If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this research, its procedures, risks and benefits, please contact the study team at email@example.com.
Who should I contact if I’m not satisfied with how this study is being conducted, or if I have any concerns, complaints, or general questions about the research or my rights as a participant?
Please contact the Stanford Institutional Review Board (IRB) to speak to someone independent of the research team at 650-723-2480 or toll free at 1-866-680-2906. You can also write to the Stanford IRB, Stanford University, 1705 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
5. The MyPHD App
What is the MyPHD app?
The study app, where you can easily link to supported wearable devices, is created by Dr. Snyder’s lab at Stanford University. It is used in this study to collect physiological data from your wearable device and correlate this with any symptoms you report. Within the app, there is a weekly symptom/check-in survey (daily if you are symptomatic), which should take no more than 1-2 minutes to fill out.
What should I do if the app crashes?
This issue can be solved by un-installing and then re-installing the app. We are constantly working on improving the app.
Is the app available for iOS and Android?
Yes. The app is available for both iOS and Android.
I have joined the study, and have not received any instructions about the MyPHD app. What do I do?
You should receive instructions about how to download and log into the app once you complete the enrollment process. Note that you will be asked to fill out several surveys. Please contact the study team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you completed all the surveys and still did not receive the instructions for the app.
I’m confused about how to download, log in, and use the app. What do I do?
There are many steps required to use the MyPHD app. Why do I need to copy and paste the key to use the app?
Your privacy is very important to us, and these steps allow us to ensure your private information is kept as secure as possible. Thank you for your patience.
If you have any questions about downloading, logging in, and using the app, please refer to this helpful tutorial video: MyPHD_Tutorial.
I copied the key, but the app still isn’t working. What should I do?
We have noticed that there is some difficulty copying the text from a yahoo mail app. Please try copying the key using a different email. Otherwise, please contact us at email@example.com and we will look into the issue.
How do I share my wearables data with the research team?
We will send instructions on how to securely download and use our study app. When the app is installed on your phone, we will be able to collect your wearables data. It is important that you install and use the app properly, as that is the only way for us to collect your wearable data remotely.