Only a month after the first Apple Watches shipped and the company is releasing its first OS update. Expect these updates to be quickly distributed by the early adopters with the first watches.
The article talks about a potential alert for irregular heart beat but warns, rightly, that such an update would face regulatory hurdles. To date Apple has gone to extreme lengths to ensure that it remains outside of FDA regulatory areas so it is doubtful that it would pursue a feature such as this. That said, the company might release the feature to a third party who was willing to handle the regulatory burden, say a health insurer which was already supplying apps to its members (we’re looking at you, Aetna -Ed.).
The Apple / IBM partnership with enterprise-grade apps has had healthcare as a primary focus from the beginning and one of the flagship apps, Hospital RN, is one of the first to get Apple Watch support added. The description of the update highlights how the Apple Watch will work with the app:
Push notifications on iPhone and Apple Watch alert nurses to review new display patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action disposition. And Apple Watch lets Hospital RN gives nurses quickly view notifications so they can stay the power to spend less time tracking down information and more focused on patient care time caring for patients.