The first smart watch used to monitor seizures has received FDA approval. Marketed under the name Embrace, the watch uses advanced machine learning to detect grand mal or generalized tonic-clonic seizures and to alert a caregiver for help.
The technology senses movement and electrical fluctuations in the skin that may be associated with seizures in people who have epilepsy. When a seizure is detected, the watch sends a command to a paired wireless device that’s programmed to alert a designated caregiver. The watch records and stores data that a health care professional can review. The device also analyzes sleep, rest, and physical activity. It was approved last year in Europe as a seizure-monitoring medical device.
Voelker R. Smart Watch Detects Seizures. JAMA. 2018;319(11):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1809
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