Could A Watch Save Your Life?

Tech companies are adding health features to gadgets, like fall-detection and the ability to take electrocardiograms. They also want insurers to help pay the cost.

By Shelly BrisbinJanuary 24, 2019 12:14 pm

It’s a stretch to call that fitness tracker on your wrist a health device, though it can hold you accountable for the number of steps you take, or keep tabs on your heart rate. But a new generation of wearable technology aims higher, claiming life-saving health benefits. Other related gadgets are also helping doctors do their jobs better. Tech expert Omar Gallaga says companies like Apple understand that demographics are driving an increased emphasis on health tech.

“What Apple is doing now, after they’ve gotten into this fitness market, is really pushing it toward seniors,” Gallaga says.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What health features the Apple Watch offers

– How Apple is working with health insurers

– How doctors have reclaimed Google Glass

Written by Shelly Brisbin.