How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care

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How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care
Minor, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, said the app enabled researchers to smoothly enroll more than 54,000 patients — a large number for a study conducted by one medical center —
and collect much more data than they could have otherwise.
This year, Verily introduced a health research device, the Verily Study Watch, with sensors
that can collect data on heart rate, gait and skin temperature.
The companies are accelerating their efforts to remake health care by developing or collaborating
on new tools for consumers, patients, doctors, insurers and medical researchers.
Apple is taking a different approach — using its popular iPhone and Apple Watch to help consumers better track and manage their health.
It is intended to determine whether an app for the Apple Watch can accurately detect irregular heart rhythms —
particularly those associated with atrial fibrillation, a condition that can lead to blood clots and strokes.
The study is not designed to assess whether people who used the watch app had a reduced incidence of stroke
and cardiac death compared with people who did not use the app.
Physicians and researchers caution that it is too soon to tell whether novel continuous-monitoring tools, like apps for watches
and smartphones, will help reduce disease and prolong lives — or just send more people to doctors for unnecessary tests.
And it involved using an app on the Apple Watch to try to identify irregular heart rhythms.


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