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Benedict Evans @benedictevans
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Apple has now shipped the EKG heart monitor app for the new Watch. We get blasé about this stuff so quickly, but it’s still amazing that the latest version of a mainstream consumer product with tens of millions of users might now alert you to a life-threatening heart condition.
It’s not a substitute for a doctor or the equipment in a hospital (though software will change that a lot too), but how many people will get now an early warning that would never have considered getting a formal test?
It’s interesting to think about how much this kind of tech will diffuse into the world around us, passively looking for problems and saving lives, without you consciously deciding to go out and buy a Medical Device.
(This is also a pay-off for Apple’s privacy strategy. They built up the brand equity to do things like this. See also the AR glasses in a few years)
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