The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first medical accessory for the Apple Watch. It's a wearable - AI powered - EKG monitor made by a company called AliveCor. This is huge news for the wearables market that is still trying to grow beyond the fitness and wellness phase to the valuable medical grade wearables market.
“AliveCor is in many ways an AI company masquerading as a health company,” AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra says. “The headline is really not that they gave us clearance on the KardiaBand. They gave us clearance for our algorithms.”
Just the fact that FDA approved a deep learning algorithm to start proactively monitoring our health is amazing in of itself. As an added bonus, AliveCor managed to fit the EKG type device in an Apple Watch band! This is essential to their success to mass adoption. We have already noticed that people as hesitant to wear multiple bands to monitor different health metrics. This is a great step in the right direction.
Wearables combined with powerful algorithms won't be replacing your doctor anytime soon, but it does help with the proactive health revolution. As this market grows and these devices mature, the power of your own healthcare will because increasingly predominant.