A new study suggests that Apple Watch is able to accurately detect health problems such as hypertension and sleep apnea. The University of California San Francisco and Health startup Cardiogram have together published the study which provides details on how wearables like the Apple Watch and Fitbit are able to detect health-related serious conditions.
The research claims that combining the wearable heart rate sensor’s data with machine learning algorithms provides surface hidden patterns that predict whether a person is at risk for certain health issue.
Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with an accuracy of 90 percent and hypertension with 82 percent accuracy, according to the study revealed at the at the American Heart Association meeting in Anaheim.
The study was conducted by health startup Cardiogram and UCSF through their app. They followed more than 6,000 participants to test using their Apple Watch over a period of time. The study was able to detect sleep apnea in 1,016 of the participants and hypertension in 2,230 of the subjects.
Cardiogram’s other half Johnson Hsieh said that basically all wearables have the same inbuilt technology. So that it can incorporate a heart-rate sensor.
Hsieh also said, “The idea here is that by screening continuously you would identify people with hypertension who might not know they have it,” “and then you’d guide them through the appropriate final diagnosis, which would be through a blood pressure cuff and treatment.”
Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger said the further research is going on that will validate whether wearables can be used as screeners for major healthcare conditions.