Step by step, year by year, Apple has added functionality to Watch, especially for health and exercise, and you know what they say, right: “Performance measured is performance improved.” What is in the future for Apple Watch?
Another Watch user discovered a serious heart condition thanks to Watch displaying a rising heart rate. Michael Potuck:
Beth Stamps, who is a home health nurse, noticed her heart rate rising while at a patients house. She said she felt like she just finished marathon, and couldn’t get her heart rate to drop by relaxing
Apple’s iOS Heart app collects data from various sensors in iPhone and Watch, and applications can access the information and provide information they collect, too.
Her Apple Watch indicated that her heart rate was abnormally high at 177 bpm. After that, Stamps’ co-workers called emergency medical services and doctors ended up running tests for two days.
The diagnosis was supraventricular tachycardia:
Supraventricular tachycardia is an abnormally fast heart rhythm arising from improper electrical activity in the upper part of the heart. There are four main types: atrial fibrillation, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), atrial flutter, and Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome. Symptoms may include palpitations, feeling faint, sweating, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
Apple Watch with ECG also tracks AFib.
This is just another step Apple has made towards personal health technology. First, it was the motion sensor and pedometer to capture steps. Then, heart rate. Now, a built in ECG.
I can count a few that Apple could layer in over the next decade that would make HealthKit and Watch very valuable technologies. How about blood oxygen, or blood pressure? What about blood glucose? Both of those alone– one after the other– would put Watch sales on a rapid upward trajectory.
Health is the iOS app on iPhone and HealthKit is the application programming interface (API) to make apps happen. Already HealthKit is responsible for a variety of third party apps that bite into Health or collect data for Health.
HealtKit and Health are the one-two punch that can keep Apple’s ecosystem thriving for years into the future, but it requires the company to keep on the cutting edge of health-related features and functions. What would happen if Apple announced a real time blood glucose monitor? Instead of needle prick to check blood sugar levels, Siri could tell you.
Health and HealthKit are not going to be as important as the smartphone itself, but APPL would be a bargain today if blood glucose monitoring capability arrived in the next Watch.