Apple went on a hiring spree of numerous digital health sensor experts. This expertise, coupled with Apple’s resources and design magic, fueled hope that Apple might overcome the technical, regulatory and usability challenges to sensing and helping consumers act on vital data like blood pressure, glucose, oxygenation and stress levels… Easily and accurately measuring blood pressure, for example, is key to controlling high blood pressure and therefore a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 68 million US adults have high blood pressure, and about half do not have the condition under control. Almost 1.8 million die from heart attacks and strokes each year—and the total costs of cardiovascular diseases in the United States were estimated to be $444 billion in 2010.
Similarly, blood glucose monitoring could help the 29 million Americans with diabetes and the estimated $245 billion in diabetes-related medical and productivity costs. It would also help the 86 million with prediabetes—90% of whom do not know that they have it and 15-30% of whom will develop diabetes within 5 years. Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chunkamui/2015/03/07/the-apple-watchs-disappointing-slide-from-health-care-killer-app-to-gold-plated-bauble/
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