Ochsner Health System, based in New Orleans is the first hospital in the United States to use the Apple Watch to manage patients suffering from chronic diseases.
The hospital uses the vaunted connected object, now on the market, to enhance one of its pilot programs that tracks several hundred patients who have hypertension and struggle to control their blood pressure.
Through the Apple Watch, patients are regularly able to measure their blood pressure and heart rate at home. The data is sent directly to the clinic where specialists review it in real time to make medication adjustments or lifestyle recommendations.
The watch also provides patients with medication reminders, feedback from clinicians about potential side effects of a newly prescribed medication, renewal notification for prescriptions, exercise reminders and other messages. In this way, doctors can communicate more frequently and more efficiently with their patients.
According to the clinic, chronic diseases account for 7 of every 10 deaths in the US and more than 80% of healthcare costs.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of NauticExpo e-magazine and MedicalExpo e-magazine.