New Apple Watch Announcement and What It Means for Employee Health
A New Approach to Managed Health – Right on Your Wrist
We all know wearable devices are popular, but do you know how popular? Statistics show 33% of U.S. consumers are using wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers (up from 9% in 2014) and more than 80% of consumers are willing to wear tech that measures their personal health data. These devices are key in helping employees proactively track and manage their health data. Plus, trackable health data is about to get a lot cooler.
On September 12, Apple unveiled their newest version of the Apple Watch Series 4. The new features of the Watch highlight the importance of real life moments and real time information, which is so important in the world of health and wellness. The closer someone is to their own health and health data, the more likely that person is to modify a behavior and choose healthier options and interventions.
The Apple Watch has always been dedicated to keeping individuals connected, getting people more active and helping them live a healthier day, but the Series 4 is now positioned to be an “intelligent guardian for your health.” Several new features, including an electrical heart sensor that allows you to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) and the ability to detect hard falls (and alert medical services and emergency contacts), means this technology can truly be life-saving.
The Apple Watch will be the first ECG device offered over the counter direct to consumers and is approved by the FDA. In addition to the ECG capabilities, individuals can also be alerted of low/high heart rates and irregular heart rhythms. Better yet, a PDF of your heart data is exportable to be shared with your doctor. With your finger on your own pulse (literally), you receive immediate feedback to take necessary action to protect your heart.
Similar to the American Heart Association, who endorses the new features of the watch, we’re beyond excited and thrilled that this kind of technology is bringing individuals closer to their health and is more accessible than ever.
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