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Apple watches now can be used for tracking Parkinson’s disease

Those days are gone when patients of Parkinson’s disease had to go for a doctor’s visit regularly. Rune Labs, a San Francisco-based startup has designed a software for Apple Watches which can collect, store and convey the data about the patient’s symptoms. On Monday it received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use the Apple Watch to monitor tremors and other common symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

How does Apple Watch track Parkinson’s Disease?

For tracking Parkinson’s disease, the software uses motion sensors built into the Apple Watches, to detect when a person falls. According to the chief of Rune labs, Brian Pepin, the software will combine the data gathered by Apple Watch with the data gathered by Medtronic Inc (MDT.N), a healthcare technology company. It will allow the whole functionality to measure brain signals.


Pepin in an interview said “When you think about the process of getting someone to their optimal therapy or combination of drugs or devices, or even whether or not a patient might be a good fit for a certain clinical trial, it’s a very hard decision to make when you only have a little context,” He added that using the Rune Labs’ StrivePD software platform in Apple Watches will allow the the doctors to take the advantage of continuous observations over long stretches for monitoring Parkinson’s disease.

Apple involvement with health care

Earlier Apple has partnered other companies to use the Apple Watch as a health monitoring device. Apple signed a deal with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) to study whether it can be used to help lower stroke risk. In 2018 with The Rune Labs Apple made a software to measure movement disorders. According to a report by Reuters, “Last year, a group of scientists at Apple published a study in the journal Science Translational Medicine showing the device was effective at monitoring Parkinson’s symptoms.”

From the past and present activities of Apple it can be expected that in future the users can expect the tech giant company to make the device more capable of taking the measurements of movement disorders and other health issues like high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

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