Apple Watch ECG feature set to launch in South Korea

Apple has obtained approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) in South Korea for the company’s electrocardiogram (ECG) Apple Watch feature.

Apple Watch ECG

The Electronic Times:

Apple already obtained an approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the application and included the application for the first time to the Apple Watch Series 4 that was launched in September of 2018.

Since then, there have been many cases of people from North America and Europe finding signs of heart problems early and saving their lives through the ECG application.

It is expected that Apple Watch’s ECG application will also be widely used in South Korea as… Apple will be able to provide the service after a simple update to the application since it already completed every prerequisite including adding a Korean version to the application.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats, Apple Watch users in South Korea! ❤️


    1. With good reason. EKG monitors on a wrist device are the recipe for massive data error and false positives. Some nations may have a low bar for certifying medical equipment. I advocate not accepting consumer junk as being medically safe/effective even if it does have an Apple sticker on it, or a Hermès leather wrist strap.

      If you want accurate heart health monitoring, then get one from your cardiac care specialist. The best ones are implanted and are made by world class medical device companies like Medtronic. Not your consumer electronics boutique. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Apple has the software capabilities to resolve the inherent inability for wrist sensors to detect exactly what your heart is doing. To believe in accuracy of data there would be like a consumer trying to diagnose the state of municipal water pumps by monitoring the water flows with digital precision at his hose outlet.

      1. My cardiologist in Taiwan keeps encouraging me to buy an Apple Watch from the US and manually set my location to a country (the US, in this case) which offers the EKG function. A false positive with a follow up with your doctor is always better than no warning at all. For what it is worth, when I had my heart attack, my Apple Watch and data from the Watch were of no use whatsoever. I was the alerted to my attack the old fashioned way… tingling in my left arm plus a general feeling of being unwell.

    2. Phuket, this is annoying. When the FFFFFF is this gonna come to AUSTRALIA? Effing New Zealand already has it. But Ozlandia? No. FFfFffFFFffFaaaaaaark!

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