“The latest version, unveiled Wednesday, is pushing the health envelope even further — in particular by taking electrocardiograms, or EKGs, a feature given clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Apple said. The watch will also monitor for irregular heartbeats and can detect when the wearer has fallen, the company said,” Liedtke reports. “EKGs are important tests of heart health and typically require a visit to the doctor. The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who is president of the American Heart Association. He said such real-time data would change the way doctors work.”
“Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said the feature could turn smartwatches ‘from something people buy for prestige into something they buy for more practical reasons,'” Liedtke reports. “It could also lead some health insurance plans to subsidize the cost of an Apple Watch, Nguyen said.”
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