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IBM has just launched an app for conducting a study on the quality of sleep, which can be used on Apple watches. The app is part of the Watson Health Cloud and is aided by the sensors of the watches to monitor and make reports on all kinds of movements. All the information will be sent for further research.
The major company is planning to help people get a good night’s sleep by using the Watson supercomputer. In this respect, it has launched an app for Apple watches that is meant to track both heart rates and movement during sleep.
Seeing that more than seventy million Americans suffer from various sleep problems, the technology might be of great help to improving people’s health. Named SleepHealth, the app was been developed in association with the American Sleep Apnea Association, which will be the one conducting the whole study.
SleepHealth comes equipped with a gyroscope that will determine space and orientation in order to monitor and record shifting positions that occur during sleep. Additionally, it also features an accelerometer that detects the movements, and a heart rate monitor for identifying the precise moment when the user falls asleep. Furthermore, SleepHealth has features like the Nap Tracker and the Personal Sleep Concierge, but also the Mobile Study, which permits users to participate in the research by doing various activities, but also completing surveys.
American Sleep Apnea Association President Darrel Drobnich has stated that IBM’s concern for patient privacy is at the basis of the study. In this way, only authorized and legal investigators will analyze the information provided by the users of the app.
SleepHealth is the first app launched by the company within the Watson Health Cloud, a program designed to analyze health issues via the ResearchKit from Apple and its sensors featured in various iOS devices.
The main goal of the study is to discover the links between the quality of sleep and medical conditions, general health, productivity, and alertness. According to Watson Health chief health officer Kyu Rhee, the purpose of IBM Watson Health lies in getting rid of silos that impede collaborations between clinicians, researchers, and patients. Furthermore, IBM also plans to build opportunities so that communities can share information and learn from their experiences.
Whether SleepHealth will have a real contribution to the dramatic situation of the sleep quality of American citizens remains to be seen. However, it seems to be a positive endeavor and shows the concern of the major company for both its employees and its clients.
Image Source: The Wall Street Journal
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