Smartwatches may have appeared like novel gadgets when they were first introduced. After all, do we really need notifications on our wrist? However, it turns out that over the years and with various technical advancements, smartwatches are quickly becoming invaluable tools for those looking for health tracking.
In fact, a recent study found that smartwatches can actually be used to predict blood test results. The study, conducted by Duke University and Stanford University, found that through the use of machine learning, wearables like our smartwatches can be used to label certain types of conditions based on our heart rate, daily activity, and body temperature.
The idea behind the study was to find out whether the long-term data collected by smartwatches could contain data that could possibly be indicators of the results of blood tests. Based on the results and observations of 54 patients over a three-year period, they found that smartwatches can actually help predict certain problems like dehydration, anemia, and more.
The researchers put certain caveats, however, as the data collected isn’t usually specific enough to predict things like red blood cells or white blood cells, or to diagnose what type of disease a person might have, but it’s an interesting study nonetheless. It also seems in line with a study not long ago that suggested smartwatches might actually be able to detect COVID-19.
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