Apple insists and underwrites: everything its connected watch does is developed with the help of healthcare sector specialists to ensure the best precision and utility for its user. And if more and more health professionals are concerned about their inaccuracies, that’s because more and more people are wearing them, because the Apple Watch is “at least 80%” accurate, according to the manufacturer.
The Cupertino, California-based company released a fairly comprehensive report on Wednesday morning about the work that’s been done since the first Apple Watch launched in 2015, not only by its engineers but also by researchers and healthcare specialists to try them to extract the information most likely to serve the user.
“Our vision has always been to create technologies that are science-based, that empower people by giving them even more information, and that play a role in protecting their health,” Apple’s chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, wrote Report. “We want people to be firmly in the driver’s seat of their health with relevant, sensible advice. »
Apple’s released report on its Apple Watch’s role as a health technology comes just days after Quebec experts announced the news Have to that they were beginning to worry about the importance that its users perceived of this accessory as having on their own health conditions.
“We’ve had a new diagnosis in the ER for a while: a defective Apple Watch,” Sébastien Marin, the general practitioner in the ER at Barrie Memorial Hospital, said on Twitter. “A lot of people come in stressed because their Apple Watch reads a heart rate of 140 [battements par minute]measured but 60 [battements]. »
“A lot of good” too
The Apple Watch and other smartwatches are not worth a trip to the doctor. Apple agrees. Several factors can be taken into account for a measurement to be accurate or completely off. But the American multinational is pleased to see that at least its goal is being met, even if people are worrying for nothing since they are going to see a doctor.
Apple collects a large amount of customer usage data to test the accuracy of its health apps. The company ensures two things: First, it only shares data with Apple or third parties for which users explicitly give their consent. Using this data, he can then estimate the accuracy of the main functions of his Apple Watch, which is over 80%.
When asked about cases of false alarms, Apple states that the irregular heartbeat alarm is justified more than 80% of the time and that other measurements related to the cardiovascular system achieve an accuracy of almost 90%. According to the manufacturer, the electrocardiogram integrated into the newer Apple Watches also has an accuracy of around 90%.
Apple cites instances where these alerts have saved lives. Under certain conditions, the watch can detect risks of atrial fibrillation early enough to prevent this heart condition from degenerating into a more serious form of arrhythmia.
It doesn’t excuse connected watches that generate erroneous alerts or instill anxiety in some users. But for Apple, the pros outweigh the cons.