United States  

“News neutrality by unbiased coverage”
One News Page
> >

Is the Apple Watch As Healthy As It’s Cracked Up to Be?

One News Page Staff Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Is the Apple Watch As Healthy As It’s Cracked Up to Be?by 👨‍💻 Adam Yardley

The ECG feature of Apple Watch 4 was given FDA clearance - but not approval. Now cardiologists warn the new feature may do more harm than good.

The Apple launch event this past week not only allowed us to take a look at the latest in the company’s line of iPhone models for the first time, but also to take a glimpse at their latest iteration of Apple Watch. The Watch is now in its fourth incarnation, and this time around, it’s arrived fitted with an ECG sensor and notifications that can alert users to potential atrial fibrillation. Such tech has apparently been adjudicated over and authorised by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), but it’s hardly the first tech of its type. Further to this, some are concerned that it may have the opposite effect it intends to offer – in that false positives may come into play.

Professor Adam Cifu, having published a recent paper on an ECG app called AliveCor, isn’t so sure that any device of this nature, in their current forms, could offer the solace and guidance people are in need of. “I’m generally all for patients having access to more information about their health,” advises Prof Cifu, speaking about AliveCor and other similar apps and devices. “I’d have a hard time saying functionalities like this should be suppressed. On the other hand, I’m very concerned because this will certainly cause false positives. We’ll be finding people getting warnings about arrhythmias they don’t have, that will cause anxiety in people.”

Your Cardiologist Won't Like This New Apple Watch Feature
Your Cardiologist Won't Like This New Apple Watch Feature

Apple asserted during their live launch of the new Watch that it had received a DeNovo classification from the FDA. This, in layman’s terms, means that it is classification yet to be fully approved. For full approval, extensive testing will be required. As such, the FDA passed the classification for Watch 4 on the grounds that it poses only a ‘moderate risk’ of harm to health. This may well mean that, on paper, Apple has taken the necessary steps to ensure that their device is legal for use – but does it quell any concerns over the emotional and psychological effects it could stimulate?

It is perhaps early days to be deeply concerned about Apple Watch and its effects on users – there is hope that further research and development may fine-tune the model to accurately monitor health in releases and patches to come. For now, it remains a curious piece of tech which, as always, we should wear and use with a pinch of salt.

0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

Recent related videos from verified sources

Prepping For 2019 Isn't Just Mitigating Risk -- How to Pick the Best Stocks [Video]Prepping For 2019 Isn't Just Mitigating Risk -- How to Pick the Best Stocks 10:29

Investors have a few options to keep their portfolio's growing in what could be a slow-growth 2019. Facebook Facebook Inc. is likely a longer-term play, but beware. It could see more volatility, as it..

Credit: The Street - Published

Apple For Glowing & Shiny Skin DIY: खाने के साथ-साथ  [Video]Apple For Glowing & Shiny Skin DIY: खाने के साथ-साथ  03:13

In today's DIY, we will learn how to make apple pack at home. An apple is packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A and copper that are not just healthy but skin friendly as well. Yes, vitamin..

Credit: Rumble - Published

You Might Like


Tweets about this


Other recent news in Technology

LIVE: GOOGLE CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress for the first time (GOOG)Brexit: More than £100K spent on FACEBOOK and other ads for May's deal
CONGRESS squanders Google CEO’s time on the stand with focus on political biasArrested HUAWEI CFO offers to pay for her own 24-hour surveillance and wear a tracking device if she's granted bail
•More original news reports from One News Page
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest