In case you missed it this month, Apple’s “Special Event” devoted significant attention to health care innovation. It even brought onstage a doctor associated with a new app that lets clinicians view patients’ appointment schedules and see vital signs, such as heart rates, via the Apple Watch.
This new AirStrip app has plenty of company. A search of the term “mobile health” in the Apple App Store produces 22,755 programs that purport to do everything from consolidating personal health records to triaging symptoms. One app can even turn a smartphone into a medical device designed to diagnose patients with sleep apnea when a single-lead electrocardiograph (ECG) is connected to the phone.