March 25, 2021
iPhones and Apple Watches could enable at-home assessment of cardiovascular disease patients' frailty via sensor data and an app-guided version of the six-minute walk test (6MWT), a traditionally clinic-based assessment of a person's functional capacity, according to data published yesterday in PLoS One.
Conducted by Stanford University researchers and funded by Apple, the study provided 110...
December 18, 2020
Like most companies, Apple's plans for 2020 were upended with the rise of COVID-19. After initial hits to its production line, on-and-off store closures and remote working arrangements, executives said during Apple's fiscal fourth-quarter 2020 call that the tech firm weathered the storm with all-time records for revenue, earnings and cash flow – and that's before taking a look at its skyrocketing...
August 5, 2020
The University of California, Los Angeles announced yesterday the launch of an Apple-backed study that will use the tech company's devices to measure how sleep, physical activity and heart rate relate to depression and anxiety.
The three-year effort launches this week. It will recruit 150 UCLA Health patients for its pilot phase, the university wrote in an announcement. Another 3,000 participants...
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...
October 14, 2019
A new Stanford University-led study has found behavioral interventions such as activity reminders and education prompts delivered through a mobile app led to a significant increase in daily steps taken.
“The results of this study show that minimal interventions delivered in a digital format can have a significant effect on physical activity,” the researchers wrote in The Lancet Digital Health. “...
December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npj Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...
July 23, 2018
The United States Patent Office has published a patent from Apple, filed December 18 of last year and not yet granted, for a "sunscreen detector" that could be incorporated into the Apple Watch or the iPhone and could even include augmented reality functionality.
"Disclosed herein is a [ultraviolet-ifrared (UV-IR)] spectrometer for mobile and/or wearable devices," Patent Application 0202927,...
June 19, 2018
Apple has announced a partnership with RapidSOS that will allow iPhones to more easily send detailed location data to first responders in the event of an emergency, the Cupertino tech giant announced yesterday.
“Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “When every...
December 7, 2017
Two left feet. The iPhone’s built-in pedometer misses approximately 1,340 steps during a user’s typical day, according to a study from the University of British Columbia that compared the smartphones to a purpose-built accelerometer attached to the waist. While some of these missed steps could be attributed to the study’s 33 participants accidentally leaving their phone behind, the researchers...
August 14, 2017
The USPTO granted Apple a new patent last week that details ways the iPhone itself could be used as a health sensor to detect "blood pressure index, blood hydration, body fat content, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, perfusion index, electrocardiogram, photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data." This data could be gleaned from the front-facing camera, the ambient light sensor, the...