In January last year, Weifeng reported that apple and Johnson & Johnson cooperated to study how Apple watch can detect atrial fibrillation and prevent stroke. Today, the two companies announced their new project, "heart research.". The collaboration aims to gather more information about iPhone and apple watch tracking AF and other diseases.
The Heart Study is said to include an iPhone app to try to help users improve their health with the help of the health tracking feature on the iPhone and the heart health feature on the Apple Watch. The study focused on people over 65.
Apple and Johnson & Johnson hope to find out if Apple's health tracking technology can help reduce the risk of stroke through early detection of atrial flutter, as well as through the ECG function of Apple watch.
Atrial fibrillation is the leading cause of stroke in the United States, and its main problem is that most patients lack physical symptoms and are therefore difficult to diagnose. If we can find and remind the patients as early as possible, we can effectively prevent stroke and other diseases. The goal of apple and Johnson & Johnson is to use the apple watch to warn users of early atrial fibrillation when they are not aware of it.
Through the powerful capabilities of the iPhone and Apple Watch, Apple technology is having a meaningful impact on scientific research, and all of these functions are centered on the experience of the participants, said Myoung Cha, head of Apple's health strategic plan. Heart research will help further understand how Apple's technology contributes to science and help improve health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke.
The app has entered a pilot phase, targeting U.S. residents over 65 years old, with traditional medical insurance, iPhone 6S or later (using IOS 12.2 or later) and agreeing to provide access to their medical insurance claim data. The random participants were divided into two groups: one would use only the iPhone app, while the other would use both the Apple Watch and the iPhone app. The study will last three years.
Apple will regularly put its equipment into research, most recently in a heart study with Stanford University that lasted for nearly two years, culminating in Stanford University's results in November 2019 that determined Apple Watch could successfully detect atrial fibrillation.