Apple’s New WatchOS 5 Can Tell If You Have Parkinson’s
This week at Apple’s WWDC 2018 the next Apple Watch software update was launched, watchOS 5, which will be available in Fall 2018. The second developer release of this software will include an incredible new addition to the ResearchKit: an application programming interface (API) that will enable the monitoring of movements that are symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that features tremors and dyskinesia, impaired balance, and rigidity of the muscles. The new API will provide all-day monitoring and recording of movements when wearing the Apple watch running on watchOS 5. The information on the movements recorded can then be presented in graph form, in order for patients and physicians to view the data. The movement tracking will allow physicians to see sudden changes of movement throughout the day that might be indicative of Parkinson’s disease.
This new feature allows for more precise tracking of movement and real data where patient testimony and diaries are currently used, putting Apple’s new software above the previously common technology.