Last week Apple activated the ECG function on Apple Watch compatible, that is, with the Apple Watch Series 4. This activation occurred with an update to the operating system, but so far they can only be enjoyed in the US The question arises, because given that the hardware is the same for everyone, why is it only enjoyed in the US. ?
The answer lies in the legislation in each country in relation to the use of electrocardiograms, by personnel who lack health training, that is, by the vast majority of users.
The most recent case is found in Canada. A citizen of that country has asked the Canadian health service via Twitter if the approval process has begun that allows ECG functions in Series 4. The health agency has responded that to date You have not received any requests for the Apple Watch Series 4 device.
At the discretion of the regulator, it is the manufacturer who should approach them, in order to homologate the medical device, as a tool for monitoring an ECG. This type of device is not usual for an inexperienced user, and therefore, each government must study how a device is approved, which is generally intended for healthcare professionals.
We do not know the plans of European countries in relation to the ECG approval of the Apple Watch Series 4. In any case, to enjoy this function, you must have watchOS 5.1.2 or later, which Apple released last Thursday. If you still do not know how this function works, just place your finger for 30 seconds in the crown and activate the function in the ECG application of the Apple Watch, the watch will indicate if we have any type of arrhythmia or fibrillation, warning us of a possible ailment that can be avoided with the confirmation of this anomaly in a health center.