Apple and Johnson & Jonson Will Host an Apple Watch Study to Diagnose Stroke Risk

The Apple Watch is a powerful machine, capable of helping people identify a AFib heart condition, but now Apple is trying to discover yet another feature.

Apple is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to try and discover if the Apple Watch can be used as a tool to identify increased risk of a stroke in the wearer. According to the report from USA Today on Thursday, the basis for the feature would be the detection of AFib, pairing that with a brand new application that may streamline the detection and diagnosis of a potential stroke.

“Paul Stoffels, Johnson & Johnson’s executive vice president and chief scientific officer, said “the goal is to identify early on AFib and prevent stroke by combining the physical know-how from Apple and what we have from the medical and scientific know-how.”

According to Apple’s own Jeff Williams, the AFib detection feature in the Apple Watch Series 4 (this feature is not available in previous versions of the Apple Watch) has been a success in its own right, and so Apple wants to find out where they can go from here:

“We are receiving thank you letters daily from Apple Watch wearers who are discovering they have AFib,” said Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams. “We want a deeper understanding about outcomes and prevention associated with early detection. We are excited to work with Johnson & Johnson, which has a long history and expertise in cardiovascular disease.”

The test will need to use data from Apple Watch Series 4 owners, which means real world testing. That means people will need to opt-in to the test. If they do, their data will be made anonymous and aggregated.

The future for the Apple Watch is bright, especially in the medical field. Apple has not been shy about what it feels will be its biggest contribution to the world, with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, saying that health-related features will be the company’s largest contribution to mankind. Have you picked up an Apple Watch specifically for its health features?

[via USA Today]