Apple closes in on a killer use-case for wearables

“The latest data from Apple’s study with Stanford University is encouraging and represents a step closer towards a killer use case for wearables as well as a complete disruption for the medical devices industry,” Richard Windsor writes for Forbes.

“The Apple watch indications of atrial fibrillation were found to be 71% accurate when immediately followed up with an electrocardiogram,” Windsor writes. “Furthermore, the Apple watch was found to be 84% accurate in detecting atrial fibrillation when the user was being simultaneously monitored with the watch and an ECG”

“Medical grade equipment is extremely expensive and bulky meaning that it is not well suited to continuous monitoring. This is a killer user-case for wearables is for them to be able to continually monitor these conditions at a medical grade for a fraction of the cost,” Windsor writes. “This is a good result for Apple and creates a greater incentive for users to continue paying premium prices for Apple products as there are tangible benefits to be had even at this early stage.”

Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.1.2 sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm such as AFib, is identified. Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 5.1.2 sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm such as AFib, is identified.

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MacDailyNews Take: A cheap stupidwatch toy or a real Apple Watch? Your life could depend on making the right choice.

And yes, Apple Watch requires a real iPhone, too. 😉

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  1. A tool that works less than 35% of the time might be okay for baseball, but it’s not good enough for medical use.

    Erring on the side of caution, it looks like the Apple Watch also issues a ridiculous amount of false alarms.

    Sorry, fanboys, this product is not ready for prime time and won’t see FDA approval for its marketed and over-hyped purposes for a looooooooong time. With good reason.

    “It just works” said Cook, never.

  2. Considering it is a watch wearable and rather far from the heart, those numbers seem pretty good. Might be incentive for wearables closer to the heart (amulet, clothing, etc.) to step up development in the area.

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