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Johns Hopkins tests EpiWatch app on Apple Watch to track seizures

Healthcare IT News

August 5, 2016

 

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have begun testing an app on the Apple Watch to help people with epilepsy monitor seizures.

Dubbed EpiWatch, the software uses a combination of patient response data and sensor data to detect and measure a seizure. When a patient feels the onset of a seizure, he or she taps an icon to start the app which, in turn, activates sensors to begin collecting heart rate and body movement data.

About 500 patients are already using the EpiWatch app daily and have agreed to share their usage and seizure data with Johns Hopkins researchers, who hope to use that data to ultimately predict seizures before they happen.

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