Health Connect Policy Requirement FAQs

Health Connect apps collect health and fitness data, which may contain personal and sensitive data. This article addresses some of the frequently asked questions about the Health Connect policy and access requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

What are the approved use cases for Health Connect permissions?

For applications requesting access to any Health Connect permissions, approved use cases include fitness and wellness, rewards, fitness coaching, corporate wellness, medical care, health research, and games. Applications granted access to this permission may not extend its use to undisclosed or non-permitted purposes.
Approved use cases

Fitness and Wellness

Applications that allow users to track their fitness / wellness and progress to their goals using phone sensors, manual journalling or participating in digital classes and guided sessions.

Rewards

Applications that encourage users to adopt and maintain healthy habits in exchange for financial rewards.

Fitness Coaching

Applications that feature virtual human fitness coaching helping users to achieve a health or fitness goal. Human coaches have access to user data to check on progress and provide guidance and support.

Corporate Wellness

Enterprise focused platforms that enable wellness managers to distribute and manage wellness programs for employees.

Medical Care

Applications that help users receive and manage clinical care. These applications may provide services that exchange health and fitness data with clinical teams, such as condition management apps focused on medical conditions like diabetes or hypertension. 

Health Connect is a general purpose data sharing platform that allows users to aggregate health and fitness data from various sources on-device and share it with third parties at their election. The data does not necessarily originate with Google or any Google affiliates and has not been reviewed by Google. It is your responsibility to assess whether Health Connect is appropriate for your intended use and to investigate and vet the source and quality of any data from Health Connect in connection with any purpose, and, in particular, for research, health, or medical uses.

Human Subjects Research

Applications give users the opportunity to donate their data for health research studies. These studies are typically approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Committee (EC) and collect user consent for conducting health research.

Apps conducting health-related human subject research using data obtained through Health Connect must obtain consent from participants or, in the case of minors, their parent or guardian. Such consent must include the (a) nature, purpose, and duration of the research; (b) procedures, risks, and benefits to the participant; (c) information about confidentiality and handling of data (including any sharing with third parties); (d) a point of contact for participant questions; and (e) the withdrawal process. Apps conducting health-related human subject research using data obtained through Health Connect must receive approval from an independent board whose aim is 1) to protect the rights, safety, and well-being of participants and 2) with the authority to scrutinize, modify, and approve human subjects research. Proof of such approval must be provided upon request.

Game

Applications where a user’s progress in a game is influenced or impacted by their fitness and/or wellness. These are games that collect a user’s activity data as a way to advance game play.

How do I access data through Health Connect?

To request access to Health Connect data types, please fill out the developer declaration form. Keep the following in mind when completing the form:  

  • If your app does not require access to specific data types, then you must not request access to these data types.
  • Be as detailed as possible in your app description documenting the purpose for your access requests.
  • Request the minimum data types needed and provide a valid use case for each request.

What are the UI guidelines for health Connect permissions and data requests?

To provide a smooth and reassuring user experience, focus on how you display Health Connect data within your app. Explain the purpose behind accessing each data type, and present the information in an organized, easily digestible format. Refer to the Health Connect UI guidelines for detailed recommendations

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