[Audio] Will Apple iPhone be able to detect depression? mental health, health care

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The iPhone is currently Apple’s flagship product and a very popular product in the world. In the United States, more and more companies are currently focusing on the medical field, and Apple is one of them. There is an intention to make it possible to add functions as a medical device to the iPhone in the future. Apple is currently working on technology to help diagnose depression and cognitive decline.

What is an iPhone

The iPhone is a smartphone developed by Apple, the first generation of which was released in 2007. Since then, it has exploded in popularity and has an overwhelming presence all over the world. Originally a derivative of the iPod, it is now far more than the iPod. It is very convenient and in high demand because it also has a mobile phone function and an audio function. The latest iPhone 14 Pro/14 Pro Max will be announced in 2022. In addition to the new features of the iPhone 14, the TrueDepth camera has been made smaller than the 13 Pro, eliminating the notch, and adopting a screen display and an always-on display through cooperation between hardware and software.

iPhone Product

Depression detection function

In 2021, it was found that Apple is currently aiming to develop a function to capture signs of depression and cognitive decline on the iPhone through a partnership project with an external organization. Based on data such as movement, physical activity, sleep patterns and text input, Apple’s goal is to identify signals associated with specific medical conditions so that algorithms can detect them. Apple has already launched a joint project with the University of California, Los Angeles in the United States, and is researching anxiety, depression, and stress. Furthermore, we have started joint research with Biogen, a pharmaceutical company. We are continuing our research on cognitive decline. It is expected to be able to improve the detection of mental states of users around the world. On the other hand, it can raise privacy concerns.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch already has an electrocardiogram function. We have been providing an electrocardiogram function since December 2018, and it seems that many users have been saved thanks to the electrocardiogram function. Since the release of iOS 14.4 and watchOS 7.3 in 2021, this feature has been installed in other countries, and electrocardiogram measurements can be performed. The results of mental health and risks such as anxiety disorders can be accessed on the device. You can share information about your health status with your family and use it for support and education. A healthcare app has also been added to the iPad, and by receiving notifications about your mood, it can also be used for mental health services.

Electrocardiogram measurement method

When recording an ECG on Apple Watch for the first time, you need to set up the ECG app from the paired iPhone. If you have any problems, you can consult or ask questions to a doctor or specialist and receive advice on how to manage these feelings and change your environment. The tools are customizable, easy to use, and useful in daily life.

1. “ECG” in the “Healthcare” app on the iPhone

Launch the “Health” app on the iPhone paired with the Apple Watch. From the “Browse” tab, select “Heart” and tap “ECG”.

2. Enter your date of birth from the setting screen of the ECG app

You can start setting up the ECG app by tapping “Settings”. Enter your date of birth and tap “Continue” to check if the ECG app can be used.

3. Confirm the mechanism and precautions of the ECG app and complete the settings

After confirming the mechanism and precautions of the ECG application and tapping “Continue”, the setting on the iPhone will be completed, and the ECG recording on the Apple Watch will be possible.

4. Recording ECG with Apple Watch

Record an electrocardiogram with the “ECG” app on Apple Watch.

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