Anthem to study whether Apple Watch could help people with asthma
Anthem, the second largest insurer in the U.S., is teaming up with Apple and a range of other collaborators on a study to investigate how people diagnosed with asthma could use consumer devices, like Apple Watch, to better manage their condition.
The study is being conducted by U.C .Irvine, with the data collection and analysis provided by the health-tech company CareEvolution. it's designed to be virtual, meaning that participants don't need to go to study sites in person.
The two-year study is looking at whether data collected from the iPhone and Apple Watch can help people with asthma predict potentially serious outcomes, which could lead to hospitalization. About 1.8 million people end up in emergency rooms from asthma each year. 1 in 14 people overall have the condition.
That makes asthma a big source of cost for health plans, including Anthem, which offers coverage to both commercial populations and lower-income populations through Medicaid.
"We hope this study can help the medical community produce new insights about asthma control and can identify effective digital tools that can help empower people around the world to better manage their condition," said Myoung Cha, Apple's Head of Health Strategic Initiatives, in a statement.
This study marks the first real step that Apple has taken toward helping people with asthma. In 2019, the company acquired Tueo Health, a start-up that was working on monitoring asthma detection in children. The company's co-founder Bronwyn Harris still works at Apple Health, according to LinkedIn, although Apple ...
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