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  • Watch-based Apple Heart Study is the largest arrhythmia study of all time

    The first thing that came to mind with 419,093 participants is what other studies can Stanford and Apple carry out with that huge patient base.  Is the data limited to AFib collection only or was there a sufficient data line for each patient/event that the data can be looked for other conditions.

    The other issue is can the data base be cleaned up (for privacy issues) and provided to other health/research organizations in the US and other countries with reputable researchers.  Or, just as important, with major government health organizations.

    One last thought - why other studies can be developed by Apple and Stanford (or other medical centers) for different cardiac studies, for other medical conditions, like PulseOx or Blood Glucose.
  • Apple's next move in health monitoring and improvement may be sleep monitoring hardware

    This project might be best when it is used to generate data you can take to your Doctor, or a trained Sleep Doctor. Restless Sleep Syndrome (RLS) will be one area that Apple's program captures for medical reviews.  Untreated Sleep Apnea is another issue that is going to impact the data, probably in a big way.  I can easily see Apple running trials in multiple sleep centers to generate comparative data that can be used in FDA reviews.  In that case Sleep Apnea and RLS will be the two areas impacting the most.
  • Apple in talks to transfer US veterans' medical records to iPhone

    This can be a. important feature for Vets of all ages.  I'm from the Vietnam era, but there are older Vets than me.  For some from WW II and Korea the system would  support the older Vets, or their family/care giver.

    Since the VA is one of the longest running computer based health records system it may end up having some very large health records,  That might need to be looked at when looking at, say, the flu in 1952.

    Several needs I see would be the ability to reorder Rx's (just like you do on your computer) and use of Finger Print or Face ID to log in. Same with Secure Messaging ,in the VA System.

    I believe that the VA Health System is looking at updating their health systems.  If so I would hope that Apple can help influence them in various areas.
  • Apple's R&D spend continues to climb, but isn't directly correlated to anything

    I think that Apple is moving some R&D funds to areas, like health care, instead of a specific product. Results from this R&D can be spread over multiple products. If you look at, say, health care, it's also reasonable for Apple to work with various companies on specific task. PulseOx is a good example. Normally it is a clip on the end of your finger, using both the top and bottom of the finger which makes it a challenge for moving it to a watch. One company (HoMedics) makes a meter that only uses one side of the finger, making it a good potential for the AppleWatch. Apple can use R&D funding for licensing and inclusion in future watches, or simply buy the company. Either way delivers important data to users in an important field. Taking that approach Apple would be spending some R&D funds to incorporate an existing product into their own products. That speeds up getting feature to consumers/patients, especially when government approval is required.
  • The story of the original iPhone, that nobody thought was possible

    Plus, the original iPhone wasn’t “shipped to customers” on launch day. You could only buy it, in person, at an Apple Store or AT&T. It wasn’t like today where you can preorder to receive it on launch day.
    I stooid in line for 4 hours to get mine at an ATT store in Spokane WA.  The entire time I was in line it drizzled rain.  I can't remember being so happy to get a product as I was then.  Several iPhones since and I'm still very happy.
    Apple4 "introduced" the iPhone 6 months before it's ship date because they had to file details with the FCC for approval, which would have eliminated any surprise in June.  That January introduction also gave customers of competitive products a heads up on the iPhone, allowing them to decline to renew their contract.  On 2 year contracts it would mean 25% of existing customers would have the heads up.  That probably contributed to the lines outside of Apple Stores on launch day.