As scientists and researchers have begun tapping into Apple Watch’s simple features and believe the watch yields the power to turn into an quintessential health tracking solution. Researchers are hoping the Apple watch can help observe participants in postpartum depression, eating disorders and Parkinson’s disease studies.
The Watch also picked up the spotlight when Apple announced that it will soon be equipped with technology and hardware to present heart rate alerts and conduct an ECG that can be presented to any medical professional.
Apart from the heart, Zimmer Biomet a major healthcare firm is conducting a major clinical study that will help patients track their journey before and after undergoing knee or hip replacement.
MyMobility is an app from Zimmer Biomet and “uses Apple Watch to facilitate a new level of connection between patients and their surgical care teams, which can immediately impact the journey patients experience when they undergo these procedures,”.
The Apple Watch will be the center of the MyMobility Clinical Study as it will learn more about patient knee and hip replacement costs and outcomes: “During this research study, patients will use Zimmer Biomet MyMobility with Apple Watch as they progress through their hip or knee replacement journey. Researchers will combine patient-reported feedback with continuous health and activity data from Apple Watch to provide new insights into the power of the Zimmer Biomet Mymobility app to impact the standard of care for these common surgeries.”
Zimmer Biomet will launch the app on 16th September 2018 and will enroll 10,000 patients to participate in the study.
Apple COO Jeff Williams commented on Apple Watch powering the new app:
We believe one of the best ways to empower consumers is by giving them the ability to use their health and activity information to improve their own care. We are proud to enable knee and hip replacement patients to use their own data and share it with their doctors seamlessly, so that they can participate in their care and recovery in a way not previously possible through traditional in-person visits. This solution will connect consumers with their doctors continuously, before and after surgery.
In another report, 1,000 Apple watches were given away to participants participating in the eating disorder study, the study aims to understand heart rate spikes before a person feels like binge eating and with the help of the app track their feelings and thoughts before the binge eating episode – the hope is to understand the triggers and causes of eating disorders and later send alerts to the person in order to address the cravings of binge eating before they begin.