By joining hands with Stanford University, Apple released a health app named ‘Apple Health Study App’ which will trace the irregular heart rhythms and will intimate the user with a notification. Along with that, it will also help with a free consultation with a doctor and much more. The app works with the Apple Watch OS series 1 or later on versions. Apple watch’s heart rate sensor will be the prime supporter in running of this newly launched application.
Currently, the app is available for only US users with an age of 22 or more than that. In September during the launch of Apple iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus and Watch OS 4 the company revealed some health benefits of Apple Watch. And today the company launched a new app that will detect the critical illness and irregular heartbeats. The app plans to use the heart rate data to inform patients, doctors, and researchers in case of a rare scenario.
“Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health conditions, but we also hope to advance discoveries in heart science,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, in a statement.
The app uses the existing technology of heart rate sensor of Apple Watch and measures the heart rate using green LED which blinks hundreds of times in a time frame of one second. Also, the photodiodes help to analyze the blood flow through the wrists.
The FDA cleared the first medical accessory for the Apple watch, i.e., AliveCor’s KardiaBand electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, a sensor that conjugates with an app and can detect the abnormal or irregular heath rhythm and AFib too. Earlier this year a study report showcased that an Apple Watch can discover the heart irregularity with almost 97 percent of accuracy, which acts as a screening tool and somewhere acts as a diagnosis device.