Garmin collaborated with University of Kansas Medical Center to develop wearable for monitoring of vital medical conditions such as sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation
Garmin, GPS technology developer for activity tracker and smartwatch is entering into healthcare segment by announcing collaboration with medical center, which can help in development of advanced technology for tracking medical conditions. The partnership is focused on sleep apnea, a disorder that affects breathing during sleep and atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to serious health complications.
The joint organizations will be working on various projects to harness sensors from Garmin’s sports watches and trackers to understand functioning of wearable to monitor health conditions. According to the study, Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million people in the U.S. Furthermore, an estimated 2.7 and 6.1 million population suffer from AFib in the U.S. Large number of population is not diagnosed with this disorders at early stage, therefore use of this advanced technology can increase adoption of wearable from fitness devices to essential health companions. “Wearable have already increased the public’s awareness of activity levels while awake,” said Dr. Stevens, who’s working with Garmin on drawing sleep apnea insights from its wearable. “This research helps us better understand how wearable can do the same while asleep, helping to detect sleep apnea, which left untreated can affect mood, memory, trigger heart arrhythmias, heart attacks, and even strokes.”
However, the company did not disclose duration of this studies. Most of the wearable area expected to have long e battery life for capturing long-term data, particularly sleep. Furthermore, the company is working on improving its designs in the last couple of years, mainly with devices such as the Vivomove HR and the Fenix 5S, a beefed-up Connect IQ for apps, and music integration.