Wearables pulse check: 13 updates from Apple, Amazon, Fitbit & more health IT players 

The wearables market has made substantial strides in health care over the past year, with giants such as Apple and Fitbit launching new studies and abilities and Amazon and Cerner teaming up on a brand-new EHR-integrated health tracking gadget.

Jackie Drees –
Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Editors note: Updates are listed in the order as reported by Beckers Hospital Review:.

Here are 13 updates on wearable gadget advancements in healthcare from the previous year.

1. Googles parent business Alphabet announced in November 2019 that it will obtain Fitbit for around $2.1 billion.

2. Alphabets life sciences subsidiary Verily was given 510( k) clearance from the FDA on Jan. 17 for a feature enabling irregular pulse detection by its Study Watch wearable gadget.

3. Best Buy revealed on Feb. 27 the most current addition to its growing collection of consumer health technology: a mobile phone app and accompanying wearable device offering seniors with one-touch access to emergency services.

4. The Scripps Research Translational Institute in March introduced an application-based research study program to evaluate clients wearable health data to recognize indications of coronavirus and other fast-spreading viral diseases.

5. Fitbit contributed 1,000 smartwatches in April for a brand-new research study led by Stanford (Calif.) Medicine and Scripps Research to spot viral infections such as COVID-19 through data collected from wearable gadgets.

6. Chicago-based Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab collectively developed a brand-new wearable patch device in May that keeps an eye on COVID-19 patients coughing and respiratory activity. The wireless gadget is made from a soft and flexible material comparable to a Band-Aid, and it sticks to the patients skin, simply listed below the base of the throat.

7. The FDA cleared Apple Watchs ECG for remote patient sees during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of its list of expanded use of noninvasive client tracking innovations.

8. Apple in June revealed a new COVID-19 function for its Apple Watch that helps users clean their hands for the appropriate length of time.

9. UCLA partnered with Apple Aug. 3 to launch a three-year study evaluating the relationship in between clients psychological health symptoms and their sleep, heart rate, activity and daily regimens using Apple Watches and iPhones.

10. Fitbit on Aug. 19 released early arise from its continuous study that shows wearable gadgets may help companies identify people contaminated with COVID-19 as much as one day before signs appear.

11. Amazon on Aug. 27 introduced its new health tracking device Halo, the retail giants first move into the wearables market. Halo also integrated into EHR supplier Cerners options, allowing device users to opt in to share their health data directly into their EHR and with care teams that utilize Cerner.

12. Apple held a virtual product launch Sept. 15 for its new Watch Series 6, which uses infrared LEDs and photodiodes on the back crystal of the watch to determine the light showed back from blood. The gadget then has an innovative algorithm developed into the Blood Oxygen app developed to measure blood oxygen in between 70 percent and 100 percent.

13. Fitbit got FDA 510( k) clearance in September for its electrocardiogram app to evaluate heart rhythm for atrial fibrillation. The Fitbit ECG app will be available in October on the Fitbit Sense device in the U.S. in addition to a number of other nations.

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The Fitbit ECG app will be available in October on the Fitbit Sense gadget in the U.S. as well as a number of other nations.

Amazon on Aug. 27 released its new health tracking gadget Halo, the retail giants very first relocation into the wearables market. Halo likewise integrated into EHR vendor Cerners options, allowing device users to decide in to share their health information straight into their EHR and with care teams that utilize Cerner.

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Chicago-based Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab collectively developed a brand-new wearable spot device in May that keeps track of COVID-19 patients coughing and respiratory activity. The wireless gadget is made from a soft and flexible material similar to a Band-Aid, and it sticks to the patients skin, just listed below the base of the throat.