Future Apple Watch models could get EKG heart monitoring

The next Apple Watch might double as an EKG heart monitor

Bloomberg has published a new report that details Apple's plans to ship a built-in EKG heart monitor in a future version of the Apple Watch. But given just how useful it could be - better tracking could help people prevent strokes and heart failure ahead of time - that seems unlikely. It would require the wearer to squeeze the outer edge of the Apple Watch with his opposite hand, at which point the device would send a minute electrical current through his hand and across his chest to measure the electrical signals in his heart.

An afternoon recap of the day's most important business news, delivered weekdays. If any abnormalities are spotted, the user is offered a free video consultation with a doctor from telehealth provider American Well Corp. What Apple wants to do is to provide a solution that could monitor the heart's activity for longer periods, so that cardiac problems are detected early.

"There's tremendous potential to do on-device computing, to do cloud computing as well, and to take that learning, and through machine learning, deep learning, and ultimately artificial intelligence, to change the way health care is delivered", Williams told an audience at a conference in October.

On top of that, the health industry is an especially lucrative market to get into-and Apple's all about that, too.

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The current Apple Watch already has a heart-rate monitor, but it's not as accurate as clinical-grade monitors used by medical professionals. "The purposes we use ECGs for will likely also expand".

Apple may be taking steps to transform its flagship wearable into a true medical device.

Apple Insider pointed out that the new report comes a few weeks after AlivCor's Kardia Band EKG meter received certification from the FDA to be an Apple Watch accessory.

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