Tech News: Apple Watch aims to save even more lives in the future

The Apple Watch is probably Apple’s most recent success story. At a time when the wearables segment was filled with timepieces that were considered nerd-like gadgets, Apple succeeded in marketing the Watch as a stylish accessory. Over the years it has succeeded in adding and expanding its functions in meaningful ways. It is not only a great companion for your iPhone, but also a pretty good tracker for fitness, lifestyle and health. In short, if you have one, you have very little reason not to wear it every day.

The stories about how the Apple Watch saved someone’s life came in the last few years. Whether it is because the timepiece allowed someone who would otherwise be forced to call 911, because of his fall detection that immediately triggers an emergency contact, or because of his detection of heart irregularities.
But Apple is not ready yet, it seems. A new partnership between the Heartline Study project and Johnson & Johnson will focus specifically on developing ways the Apple Watch can detect this early signs of atrial fibrillation. The latter is considered to be the leading cause of a stroke, so it’s certainly a huge deal for anyone at risk of catching early signs.

The Apple Watch already has the ability to detect signs of arrhythmia, therefore it is believed that it may also be able to search for atrial fibrillation. This also means that when this feature (wherever and whenever it goes) goes live, it should also appear on older Apple watches (series 4 and higher). The research is planned for the next 3 years.

How to participate in the Heartline study:

  • Live in the US.
  • 65 years or older
  • Have original Medicare
  • Use an iPhone 6s or older
  • Agree to provide Medicare claims access to data

You may have noticed that there is no Apple Watch in the requirements. This is because the participants are divided into two groups – one side uses only the Heartline Study app on their iPhone, without a watch. The other half is required to use an Apple Watch Series 5 and loan units are available for those who do not own one.