Garmin, Fitabase to work together on deep analysis of wearable data

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Garmin International announced a collaboration with San Diego-based Fitabase that will enable researchers to access data from Garmin wearables via the Fitabase platform, providing curated data sets ideal for deep analysis.

Founded by a team of research experts, Fitabase has worked with over 150 academic and clinical institutions worldwide on over 500 studies with one singular goal: better research, better results. The Fitabase platform makes it easy to deploy the latest digital health tools and further the collective knowledge of the scientific community.

“Fitabase is excited to collaborate with Garmin, a leader in the wearables industry,” Aaron Coleman, Fitabase CEO, said in a statement. “Garmin offers wearable devices with great battery life and water resistance, as well as high-quality data streams for researchers to analyze and integrate into their experiments.”

Garmin shared a similar sentiment with Travis Johnson, Garmin Heath global product lead, saying that 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.”

Researchers in the past have often been forced to rely on self-reported, subjective metrics that are inherently biased. “Much of today’s research is based on episodic health data or patient memories,” according to Signe de Place Knudsen, a PhD Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Copenhagen University, who is using Garmin devices connected to the Fitabase platform to capture and analyze data.

“The objective 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,” Knudsen added.