Smartwatch Vendors Look to Add More Healthcare Features for Use in Medical Trials

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4Q 2018 | IN-5292


Apple Watch’s New ECG Feature Used for Clinical Study


Apple has partnered with the musculoskeletal healthcare company Zimmer Biomet to take part in a clinical study to determine why certain knee and hip replacement patients recover faster than others. This is being done with its mymobility app that is specifically designed for patients within the trial and uses Apple’s Watch and iPhone to connect patients with their surgical care team. It is hoped that the app, combined with activity monitoring before and after the process of a hip or knee replacement, will help monitor these patients and ensure they get the care that they require. The Apple Watch Series 4 was chosen specifically for this U.S. study due to the inclusion of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor that allows it to monitor particular heart information without the need for a medical device. Its fall detection feature is also likely to be of use by alerting the user and their doctor to a fall that may be related to the surgery. Streamlining the care for knee and hip replacement patients is vital, as 1 million of these surgeries occ…

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