Apple is slowly implementing all the features that were announced with the watch OS4. High intensity interval training, resting and recovery heart rate along with with Gymkit has already been implemented. The final piece of the watch OS4 jigsaw is the Apple Heart Study which launched today.
In a joint study with Stanford Medicine using Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor, data on irregular heart rhythms will be collected and identified. And as part of the study, if irregular heart rhythm is indeed identified, users will be notified on their Apple Watch and iPhone and receive a free consultation with a study doctor and an ECG monitoring patch for additional monitoring.
“Through the Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine faculty will explore how technology like Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can help usher in a new era of proactive health care central to our Precision Health approach,” said Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine. “We’re excited to work with Apple on this breakthrough heart study.”
The Apple Heart Study is only available in the US App Store with the following requirements:
– Apple Watch Series 1 or later with watchOS 4 or later
– iPhone 5s or later with iOS 11 or later
– You must be a U.S. resident, 22 years or older, and meet other study eligibility criteria as described in the Apple Heart Study app
– You must provide your consent to participate in the study
The Apple Watch has been a formidable force to be reckoned in the wearable segment and Apple is augmenting the device with more features than their competition could offer. Full smart watch features, fitness focused capabilities aside, health and medicine is the next frontier to be conquered in making wrist wearables even more practical for use in today’s climate with Apple clearly leading the charge.