What you need to know
- Apple Watches could be used to monitor heart patients' frailty, says a new Stanford study..
- The study was backed by Apple and was published in PLoS One.
A new Apple-backed Stanford study notes that an Apple Watch could be used to monitor heart patients' frailty with surprising accuracy. The study involved giving Apple Watches and iPhones 110 patients and then using the devices to measure their health. Similar checks were carried out during clinic visits to provide a basis for comparison.
By comparing the readings taken by the Apple Watch and in-clinic tests, the study was able to figure out whether Apple's wearable could be used to reliably measure frailty.
According to the study, which is outlined on PLoS One, the Apple Watch was able to accurately assess a patient's frailty with up to 90% sensitivity and 85% specifically.
The study ultimately concluded that Apple Watches could indeed be used to measure such things remotely without the need for regular clinic visits.
The Apple Watch Series 6 has more sensors than ever and the number is only likely to increase in the future. Apple already focuses heavily on health with its wearable which is why it backed this study.
You don't have to spend Apple Watch Seres 6 money to get in on the act, either. There are some great cheap Apple Watches to be had, too.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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