Apple Watch heart monitor app cleared despite fears over GP workloadsRita Dune
Apple Watch heart monitor app cleared despite fears over GP workloads
GPs say the app could increase pressure on doctors having to deal with patients alerted by their phone to possible heart issues.
The ECG app takes a reading of the heart rhythm via electrodes on the crown of the watch and sensors on the back
Users of the new series of Apple Watch will be able to take their own electrocardiogram to test if their heart is working normally.
The ECG app, which carries out a simple version of the check until now confined to hospitals, has been cleared by regulators for use across the UK and Europe.
But GPs have raised concerns it could increase pressure on already stretched doctors having to deal with patients alerted by their phone to possible heart abnormalities.
The ECG app takes a reading of the heart rhythm via electrodes on the crown of the watch and sensors on the back, creating a loop across the chest and monitoring electrical activity. It then sends a PDF of the chart to the user’s phone.
The company says it has high degree of accuracy and can identify irregularities in rhythm.
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The news comes in the week that Apple has unveiled high profile new moves into television, gaming, news and even credit cards.
And while Apple’s chief operating officer reassured watch users about the security of their personal medical information, he warned the tech industry it needed to do more on its customers’ privacy.
Jeff Williams told Sky News: “All of the data is stored encrypted on the device or encrypted in the cloud should you back it up and you alone decide who to share it with.
“In fact, we are often asked what we’re doing with all of the data from the tens of millions of watches and the answer is nothing because we don’t have it.”
He says Apple takes privacy seriously and others need to follow. “I do think it’s a challenge and I think it’s one the tech industry has to embrace. People have a right to be concerned about what’s happening with the data because in some cases it’s being used without their consent.”
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