Apple Watch could help treat people with Parkinson’s disease


App approved in the US

A new potential use case for the Apple Watch has emerged: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the watch for monitoring patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Rune Labs, a San Francisco-based medical startup, has received approval to launch custom watch software to help track Parkinson’s symptoms. It can recognize tremors, involuntary or slow movements, imbalances, etc.

All patient data will be shared with doctors and other healthcare professionals. The application is intended to serve as an addition to the usual full-fledged medical examination.

This is not the first such feature of the Apple Watch to be approved by the FDA. Earlier this month, the atrial fibrillation monitoring feature in watchOS was enabled.