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Apple Watch 4: Why the future of digital health depends on Apple finding a cloud partner

Apple Watch 4: Why the future of digital health depends on Apple finding a cloud partner

Apple's September event is over and leaves us with the Apple Watch Series 4, which has improved capabilities over its predecessors, including Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) detection and built-in ECG (electrocardiogram) support. These opportunities should not be ridiculed – the FDA has given its approval to the fact that the Apple Watch is classified as a genuine medical device. The benefits for patients have already been proven.

I would know, because the basic cardiac arrhythmia technology now built into Apple Watch Series 4 has saved my life.

Watch Series 4's software-based arrhythmia detection was tested with Apple Heart Study, a collaboration between the Cupertino giant consumer electronics and Stanford Medicine.

The study, which began in November 2017 and was completed for new participants in early August 2018, combines the heart rate sensor originally introduced on Series 1, along with data collection and telemedicine software used on the iPhone.

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