FAQ

What is Project Baseline?

Project Baseline is an initiative to make it easy and engaging for people to contribute to the map of human health and participate in clinical research. Together with researchers, clinicians, engineers, designers, advocates, and volunteers like you, we're collaborating to design the next generation of healthcare tools and services.

Project Baseline was founded by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet focused on life sciences and healthcare. We partner with organizations like Duke University School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine, and our sister company Google to make clinical research opportunities more accessible. Learn more about our team. Our Project Baseline efforts began in 2017 with the Project Baseline Health Study.

What is clinical research?

Clinical research is the scientific process to answer research questions related to health and disease through clinical studies. A clinical study involves human volunteers (also called participants) and is intended to advance medical knowledge and practice. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies. A clinical trial involves testing interventions such as medical products, medications, or procedures, whereas an observational study observes participants over a given time period. More information on clinical studies is available here.

How do I become a member?

It's easy to join Project Baseline! Click the "Join us" join button on the right-hand side of this page and follow the instructions.

Am I eligible?

If you are over 18 years old and live in the U.S., you are eligible to join Project Baseline. Eligibility requirements for specific clinical studies vary, so please refer to the study details page.

How will I benefit from participating?

We hope that Project Baseline is not only a successful scientific and medical endeavor, but also a rewarding experience for you in a variety of ways. By joining us, you will have an opportunity to be notified of clinical research opportunities that match your interests and information. Individual clinical research opportunities may also offer you a chance to test new technologies and devices, learn about your own health through return of results, or test treatments for a medical condition. You will be part of the dedicated coalition working towards our mission. Your involvement matters, and we hope you are as excited as we are to take action and tackle the challenge of preventing disease for future generations!

Why is Project Baseline only in the United States?

We've launched in the U.S. to start, but eventually we hope to expand internationally.

Does it cost me anything?

You do not have to pay anything to be involved in Project Baseline.

Is this a way to receive free medical treatment or health advice?

You will not receive any free medical treatment or health advice by joining Project Baseline. If you choose to join a clinical study, it is possible that you will receive treatment or an intervention of some kind. Please refer to the study details page.

Will this affect my insurance or medical services?

We will not share any information with your insurance or medical providers without your consent. You and your doctor will continue to make decisions about your care.

What data will you collect?

As a Project Baseline member, you may have the option to share information related to your health with Project Baseline, including self-reported data, data recorded by mobile devices or other sensors, and electronic health records. You may also have the opportunity to provide other medical information with your additional consent, for example biospecimens or data recorded by medical devices.

Who has access to my data?

The information you provide will be stored in a secure, encrypted database with restricted access. Members of the Project Baseline team who need to contact you will have access to the contact information you choose to share. We may also share your information with other researchers and partners with your consent. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.

How will you use my data?

Your data will be used to:

  • Notify you about relevant opportunities and updates
  • Determine your eligibility for a study, and assist with your enrollment and conduct in studies
  • Provide insights about your health
  • Conduct and publish research on health and disease
    Note: Any personally identifiable information will be removed before publication
  • Build new tools, technologies, products, and partnerships related to health and disease
  • Help improve Project Baseline overall

Can I access my data?

Each study operates with a unique study protocol. Study details pages will indicate whether your health data or results will be returned. Whenever possible, we do our best to give you access to your results.

How will you protect my privacy?

We are committed to maintaining high privacy standards and keeping your data safe. Project Baseline follows federal and state regulations governing the collection and use of an individual's data, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Data is stored in advanced systems with best-in-class security and privacy protocols.

Where can I learn more?

ProjectBaseline.com is the best place to find up-to-date information about studies and other opportunities. You can also contact our team at contact@projectbaseline.com. We look forward to hearing from you!