This start-up has stumbled across an incredibly popular use for the Apple Watch

“The Apple Watch is proving itself to be a useful tool for monitoring serious medical conditions, and not just for fitness,” Christina Farr reports for CNBC. “A mobile health app made by start-up Cardiogram, backed by Silicon Valley venture firms including Andreessen Horowitz, has proven to be shockingly popular among the people who download it, the company’s co-founder Brandon Ballinger told CNBC.”

“The company is also doing original research, and on Thursday it unveiled the results of a study on Thursday showing how the Apple Watch can be used to detect abnormal heart rhythms,” Farr reports. “The company is presenting its results at a conference for cardiac electrophysiologists, called Heart Rhythm Society.”

“The study found that it’s accurate 97% of the time using the smartwatch’s heart rate sensor, compared to screening tests performed at the hospital,” Farr reports. “‘The hope in working with Cardiogram is to leverage tech that people are wearing anyway to identify those with atrial fibrillation or at high risk for it,’ he added. In these cases, users might use a mobile medical device like an AliveCor to screen for potential problems, or contact their doctor.”

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  1. MDN, This is not bad news. This is what people have expected all along for the watch. Health monitoring would be the killer app zone. That just doesn’t translate to gigantic sales though.

    The Apple Watch is the best product in a floundering category… wearables. I’ve felt for years and still feel no excitement for wearables from the masses.

    I was going to get a friend with heart issues one for his 60th birthday. He said, “I have a fitbit already, but if you’re going to spend that much money, I’d rather get a MacBook. I’ll pay the difference in cost.” Turned out his stupid herbalist was causing his heart issues anyway.

    The Apple Watch is not capturing the public’s imagination. It’s not satisfying pent up desires. It’s not solving a problem we didn’t know we had.

    Wearables have been the pipe dream of the wall street guys looking for the next big thing for what, like a decade now? The single most successful wearable is the Apple Watch.

    I wouldn’t mind having one. When I pick out the watch I’d like, SERIES 2, Space Black, Stainless Steel Case, with Space Black Milanese Loop, it comes out to $825. $75 of that is California state sales tax. That’s a lot of money for wrist notifications.

    1. Series 0 Stainless Steel Linked Bracelet cost me $999 + tax. If I did not have it I would buy Series 2 in a heartbeat. Even though Apple Watch is still not available in my country and I had to order it from a friend who was on a trip to US at that time. Sometimes it feels good to not live in California, it allows me to own and enjoy the stuff I really like.

  2. I regularly have a problem with heart rate data from my Apple Watch. It regularly tracks my heart rate at around half of what it actually is, even when opening the monitoring app and starting up a monitoring session manually it will stay at half beats for a few seconds before eventually showing my actual rate that I could already feel the whole time on my pulse. It’s not always getting an accurate reading, and it’s snug against the normal part of my wrist where everyone else wears it, and I’m also talking both Series 0 and Series 2.

      1. Apple Watch does “not constantly” monitor pulse, heart rate, etc? Not too damn useful then is it? I mean, you could have an irregular heart rate and if it were not being monitor constantly how would you know. For Christ’s sake, you could die! You Apple Watch could be sleeping on the job and you could die!

  3. MDN feels compelled to keep repeating the same old story. Maybe you Apple watch can provide you with warnings of worsening dementia and memory loss.

    1. Frank feels compelled to keep attacking legitimate health stories concerning the Apple Watch.

      Frank, go back in your basement and go to bed. It’s past your bedtime.

      1. Poor Frank. So uptight. So full of “horse manure”, as Col. Potter would say, but so daft in critical thinking and intelligence that it makes for good ribbing!

        IF calling out your drivel makes me a “fanboy”, then fine… I’m a “fanboy”!

        1. Uptight? I’m having the time of my life. I must admit, it’s not all that challenging with the likes of you. It’s more a pastime, something to fill in the idle moments of the day. Just to be candid, you are not that important. Have a nice weekend!

        2. Are you hear on MDN ranting because your blow up doll sprung a leak?!

          Not important huh? Just important enough that you are going to reply… yet again. You have a nice weekend also!

  4. I have to apologize if I alluded or stated that Apple fanboys were stupid. This would suggest that Apple fanboys had some meaurable, if infinitesimal, amount of intelligence, when obviously they have none at all.

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