Stanford Apple Study

BioTelemetry Set to Benefit from Growth in Digital Healthcare

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Medtech[y] Staff

The Apple Heart Study, which was led by physicians at Stanford Medicine, enrolled over 400,000 participants in an effort to evaluate Apple Watch's (Series 1, 2 or 3) irregular rhythm notification.

While the Apple Watch held the feature role in the study, an overlooked participant was BioTelemetry as they provided cardiac monitoring services to support the Apple Heart Study.

At the time of announcement, BioTelemetry CEO Joseph H. Capper says, “We are extremely excited to be participating in this potentially ground-breaking study. Too often, the first indication of a cardiac arrhythmia is the occurrence of a life-threatening event. The Apple initiative will potentially benefit countless individuals who are unaware that they may be at risk for serious health issues.”

Physicians and patients will continue moving towards remote monitoring as more accurate and reliable remote monitoring devices such as the Apple Watch, and other devices like those from BioTelemetry, become readily available.

Apple has made it clear of their interest in healthcare as CEO, Tim Cook, recently said, "I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, "What was Apple's greatest contribution to mankind?" it will be about health."

Where BioTelemetry fits is their ability to develop monitoring hardware and continue building on their large cardiac data network, which can help make digital healthcare more accurate and efficient for physicians and patients.

The recent acquisitions of LifeWatch AG for $280 million and the recent acquisition of Geneva Healthcare for up to $65 million will help add to BioTelemetry's hardware and service offerings.

Getting the chance in the Apple Heart Study was a great opportunity for BioTelemetry as they proved on a large scale that their software and devices could be used in conjunction with the Apple Watch to monitor and discover undiagnosed irregular heart rhythms.

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