What you need to know
- Apple Watch could risk overloading medical services.
- That's according to researchers from the US-based Mayo Clinic.
- A new report says false positives from Apple's abnormal pulse detection could lead to excessive healthcare resource utilization.
A study of Apple's abnormal pulse detection feature in Apple Watch has warned that the feature risks overwhelming medical services with false positives.
Reported by mobihealthnews earlier this week:
The Telegraph notes that of 264 people whose notes "included reference to the Apple Watch and its abnormal pulse detection feature", only 11 percent were later diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
From that report:
Researchers further noted that data could include erratic pulses that presented no harm to the patient, one cardiologist told The Telegraph that "most of us" experience irregular heartbeats throughout the day.
Whilst the Apple Watch has frequently been linked to users receiving life-saving treatment for conditions like Atrial Fibrillation, the paper warns that false positives could "lead to excessive healthcare resource utilization and anxiety" amongst people it describes as 'worried well.'
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As a physician, I am concerned that this will be compounded by erroneous pulse oximetry readings provided by the Series 6 Apple Watch, especially in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We've heard this fear since the Series 4. If there was any proof supporting this concern, it would have come out years ago. This study isn't close to that.
Now, what overwhelms a healthcare system is a POTUS and his party *powering* and exacerbating a pandemic, straining a system with budgetary and financial problems to begin with.
But an Apple Watch? Please, god, no.
Too: There apparently is a huge number of scientific papers getting published these days that are, well, crap.
I'm sympathetic to the need for clickbait articles but this one is stupid.
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