Tech giant Apple is working with Stanford and telemedicine vendor American Well to test whether the company’s iWatch can detect cardiac abnormalities.
According to two sources familiar with the situation, Apple has partnered with a group of clinicians at Stanford, and American Well, to test its watch and see if it can be a heart rate sensor that detects abnormal heart rhythms in a cohort of patients.
On Tuesday, Apple confirmed the test and Stanford’s participation at its event.
Although American Well declined to comment on its involvement, CEO Roy Schoenberg did confirm that they are working closely with wearable makers.
One of the sources has said that the clinical study will begin later this year.
Apple’s Tim Cook said in an interview with Fortune this week, “We started working on the Apple Watch several years ago.
One of the goals he said was “performing some measurements of your health that people were not measuring, at least continually. Like your heart. Very few people wore heart monitors. We’re extremely interested in this area. And yes it is a business opportunity.”
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