The ravages of the new coronavirus bring panic and a series of popular science, but also to the technology industry to bring more thinking: in addition to the existing step record, hearing health, period tracking and other functions, the future of mobile terminals in health testing there is no possibility of further development?
In fact, the smart wear world has been deeply explored in health, such as the fact that we see apple Watch from time to time, which shows that it has been struggling to prevent or detect disease. Today we’ll take stock of what the watch can do for our health.
Atrial fibrillation test
Afib is a manifestation of severe heart health problems, a common persistent heart rhythm disorder that data show kills 130,000 Americans each year and hospitalizes 750,000. Usually associated with high school wind, blood clots, heart failure and other risks, and before the onset of the disease does not produce obvious symptoms, which highlights the importance of early detection.
In atrial fibrillation, electrical impulses in the upper heart cavity are chaotic, and atrial wall fibrillation does not contract normally with blood flow. Based on this feature, the four LEDs on the back of the Apple Watch illuminate the blood vessels on the back of the hand, and then the third-party app determines the pulse based on the “see” blood flow. According to Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch detects atrial fibrillation with a built-in heart rate detectors with 97 percent accuracy.
Starting with Series 4 in 2018, Apple has also added electrocardiogram mapping (ECG) to apple Watch, the first FDA-approved consumer device to offer ECG functionality. By loading a dedicated application and placing your finger on the crown, the Apple Watch acts as a single electrocardiogram machine to take an electrocardiogram on your wrist. This feature is also an evolution of optical heart sensors, and ECG technology provides better data to detect the presence of atrial fibrillation.
Barry Maden of Nashua, New Hampshire, was wearing an Apple Watch when his watch popped up with a notice about his heart, prompting him to see a doctor, WMUR reported. After a detailed electrocardiogram in the hospital emergency room, doctors confirmed that he had a arrhythmia.
This function uses the action information provided by two new sensors to analyze the wrist movement trajectory and impact acceleration, determine whether the user has fallen, and then start the rescue function.
In addition to judging whether the user has fallen based on factors such as impact acceleration, the watch will also determine whether a person can move normally. If 20 seconds, 30 seconds of hands do not move, the watch will be long shock and appear in the following screen, ask whether the fall is serious.
If it’s not serious, the user will naturally click “Fall but no major problem” to cancel the page, and if there is a serious need for medical treatment and the other hand can be active, you can click on the red button of the SOS emergency services above, they will automatically dial 120.
In case of severe fainting, the watch will monitor for 60 seconds without motion information, the watch will automatically call the SOS emergency services, and transmit a location information to the user’s emergency contact.
The Noise app allows users to enable noise notifications. Once the Apple Watch recognizes the ambient volume, the user is notified of the noise environment, which can adversely affect hearing.
The Apple Watch regularly measures the volume during the day while the user wears the watch. This feature is done through a microphone, but no sound is recorded or stored. Apple Watch notifies users if the average volume for three minutes reaches or exceeds the selected decibel threshold.
Users can track their menstrual cycles in the Health app on their iPhone or in the Menstrual Tracking app on the Apple Watch. When notifications are turned on, users are temporarily notified during the next month’s menstrual cycle or pregnancy window.
Tracking the menstrual cycle not only helps users prepare for menstruation, but also allows you to determine if there are other symptoms such as mood swings, breast tenderness and acne by recording flow. These can help doctors determine whether a user has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis.
The Period Tracking app is part of watchOS 6. WatchOS 6 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and newer models. However, it is important to note that upgrading to watchOS 6 requires an iPhone 6s or updated model running iOS 13 or later.
Future: Tracking Parkinson
These features are now available on the Apple Watch, but Apple’s research on health tracking hasn’t stopped. Apple’s next focus, according to a patent filed by Apple in December, could be Parkinson’s disease, which says it is studying to continuously monitor motion dysfunction and tremor symptoms with new sensors to help doctors better track Parkinson’s patients.
While some medical experts are now wary of some of the features of the Apple Watch because of the unnecessary problems that can lead to false positives or high-frequency visits for healthy patients, Apple’s emphasis on “preventing and detecting diseases” is indeed something we really need.
Even though the Apple Watch is no substitute for a professional medical device, it helps patients to focus more scientifically on their health. Assuming that a wearable device can determine whether a user has a lung or respiratory disease through functions such as respiratory monitoring (such as respiratory noise) or temperature anomaly monitoring, it may be patient-level to reduce the subsequent stress at the patient level in the event of a new coronavirus outbreak.