Apple Watch can now detect Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Apple is always looking forward to revolutionising the way the world works. While launching the Apple Watch, the company stressed on the numerous different ways the Apple Watch can be used in monitoring a person’s health. Well, a new API has found its way into Apple’s ResearchKit framework that can monitor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Apple is adding a new “Movement Disorder API” to its open-source ResearchKit framework that will allow Apple Watch to continuously monitor Parkinson’s disease symptoms. This new Movement Disorder API will allow the Apple Watch or iPhone to continuously monitor common symptoms like tremors, which causes shaking and twitching, and dyskinesia, an abnormality that causes involuntary movement.

The recorded data would then be collected and presented in a chart that would allow physicians to check the rate and severity of the patient’s symptoms. Apps would then be able to present the data for patients and physicians in a graph to see not only daily breakdowns but also hourly and by the minute fluctuations of symptoms.

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Before the Movement Disorder API, Parkinson mPower was Apple’s first attempt towards monitoring the Parkinson disease research. Apple’s personal tool and research instrument used questionnaires and sensor data to track and review trends.

“The app helps researchers better understand Parkinson’s disease by using the gyroscope and other iPhone features to measure dexterity, balance, gait, and memory. Researchers have gained greater insight into the factors that make symptoms better or worse, such as sleep, exercise, and mood.”

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The new Movement Disorder API, however, will give researchers a new way and more compressive data for tracking these symptoms passively with an Apple Watch. In order to get access to the Movement Disorder API, the Devs have to apply for code signing entitlement. Apple will make the API available starting with the second developer release of watchOS5.

There have been numerous occasions when Apple Watch has saved someone’s life. Now, after introducing the Movement Disorder API and Health Records, Apple continues to establish their presence in the medical field and paving the way for better health management with their apps by generating reliable data for medical researchers.

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