Apple Watch ECG

By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm September 3, 2020
New data published in JAMA Cardiology suggests that the Apple Watch's ECG tool could not only be used to record multi-lead ECG, but also to spot ST-segment changes among patients with acute coronary syndromes. The independent study was conducted by researchers from Italy's Magna Graecia University, and enrolled 100 participants who had myocardial infarction or were healthy. And although taking...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am February 25, 2020
Apple and Johnson & Johnson announced this morning the launch of their new digital health study exploring the impact of Apple’s devices and a study-specific engagement program on cardiovascular outcomes among the Medicare population. First announced in early 2019, the Heartline Study — which also names Evidation Health as a collaborator — is now enrolling seniors aged 65 years or older who...
By Dave Muoio 01:08 pm September 5, 2019
RocketBody, an app for the Apple Watch that uses ECG data and machine learning to guide workouts, has raised $1 million in new funding from Gagarin Capital and AltaIR Capital. WHAT THEY DO RocketBody is the product of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns that raised roughly $70,000 for its pitch of a $109 ECG wearable back in 2018. The readings from this device would inform an artificial...
By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm May 22, 2019
ECG, eh? The Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm notification functions have received approval from Canada’s health product regulator, according to listings on Health Canada’s website that were recently spotted by iPhone in Canada. With these in hand, its likely that devices owners living in the Great White North will soon have access to features that have so far been activated...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 08:23 am April 1, 2019
Funding for digital health technology projects in the UK. Nine projects have been awarded a share of £9m through the Digital Health Technology Catalyst delivered by UK Research and Innovation. These include a consortium that will seek to develop re-usable open source applications for healthcare, led by open source software integrator OpusVL, and a Glasgow-based project coordinated by Red Star ...

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By Jonah Comstock 02:59 pm February 25, 2019
With the addition of FDA clearances for the ECG sensor and irregular heart rate algorithm, the Apple Watch is now technically a medical device. But it is still primarily a consumer product, and its fitness features may still have the greatest impact on people’s health, according to a panel of health professionals — three doctors and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — who spoke at a recent event...
By Jonah Comstock 02:02 pm February 22, 2019
It’s fair to say that Apple isn’t just dipping its toe into healthcare anymore. This past year the company announced its first two FDA clearances including a De Novo clearance for a built-in Apple Watch ECG feature that went live in December. It also announced numerous hospital partners for Apple’s Health Records initiative, including, most recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm January 17, 2019
Earlier today, Johnson & Johnson announced plans for a multi-year research program it will be launching with Apple to explore the role Apple Watches could play in senior health monitoring. Set to kickoff later this year, the pragmatic randomized controlled trial study will be conducted in the US and enroll adults aged 65 years or older, according to a statement. Specifically, the primary...
By Jonah Comstock 12:32 pm December 6, 2018
As predicted, the Apple Watch's version 5.1.2 update went live today, giving anyone in the United States with an Apple Watch Series 4 the ability to take an ECG reading on the wrist. Alongside the active ECG, the Watch's passive irregular rhythm detection feature launched today as well. "We are confident in the ability of these features to help users have more informed conversations with their...
Jeff Williams shows off the Apple Watch ECG in September.
By Jonah Comstock 03:02 pm November 29, 2018
Apple made big waves at its last September special event by announcing — concurrent with FDA's announcement of its clearance — an ECG reader built into the Apple Watch Series 4. Now, according to a leaked training document obtained by MacRumors, that feature is set to go live in the next WatchOS update, version 5.1.2, due out before the year's end. While the Watch itself has been on sale since...