With great power comes great responsibility.
It is a reef for Spiderman's mission, which applies to both Apple's entry into health care and to the Apple Watch 4, which informs about irregular heartbeats and the performance of the watch itself.
Irregular heartbeats are potentially dangerous since They can lead to strokes, blood clots or heart failure. To prove that this FDA-approved technology is worth the hype, Apple joined Stanford Medicine in a study of more than 400,000 people to identify irregular heart rhythms and potential atrial fibrillation (AFIB) using Apple Watch data. When irregular heart rhythms were detected, study participants received notification of their Apple Watch and iPhone, telemedicine consultation with a physician, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) for additional monitoring. The findings were reported today at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
How well did the clock work?
Considering that the test was supported by Apple, it is not surprising that the researchers found that the watch was able to effectively detect cardiac arrhythmias. This feature has been criticized by some physicians because false positive results could lead to paranoia and unnecessary time and expense in visiting the doctor.
Only 0.5% of the more than 400,000 participants received notification of an irregular heart rhythm, illustrating the ability of the feature to provide vital health information to a user without unnecessary burden on the physician's plan. Many participants sought medical treatment for their irregular rhythm notification and used the information to make more meaningful discussions with their physicians.
In an exclusive interview on the eve of the publication of the study, Dr. Ing. Sumbul Desai, Apple's Apple Apple's Apple President, said Apple has worked with the medical community during the conception and design of the product, especially to worry about how to ensure that medical resources are not made unnecessary by false results be used ̵