Lloyd Minor, M.D., dean of the Stanford School of Medicine said, “The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the potential role that innovative digital technology can play in creating more predictive and preventive healthcare. Atrial fibrillation is just the beginning.” Nonetheless, there is still a lot of work to be done before wearables are ready to take their place alongside medical devices. Mintu Turakhia, M.D., associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford School of Medicine, and a principal investigator of the Apple Watch study, said, “We’re in the first half of the first inning.” Based on the experience with implantable cardiac devices, data accuracy, determination of whether data is truly actionable, workflow design to ensure consistent data monitoring, patient data access, and interoperability are all challenges that will need to be addressed in coming years.
About the author: Robert Lerman, M.D. is a senior physician executive currently serving as chief medical officer and VP of Clinical Operations for LindaCare, a digital health company specializing in integrated remote monitoring software solutions for chronic disease management. His experience includes both clinical training as an electrophysiologist as well as administration serving as VP of Supply Chain Clinical Services for Dignity Health.
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