We need to face the facts about modern technology. Our beloved gadgets can be dangerous to our health. Says who? Technology writers 1) with an axe to grind against Apple, 2) on a slow news day, 3) who get paid for click bait.
The latest has to do with Apple’s much beloved and occasionally maligned Watch Series 4. This is the one with a healthy price tag; a device so good that health insurance companies make them available to their customers because health used to be good for us.
Those days are gone. Apple Watch is a danger to humanity. Says who? Investors. Specifically Danny Vena.
Some doctors have reported hearing from patients in the middle of the night who were concerned about results they didn’t understand. This raises the potential that misreading the app or misunderstanding the findings of the ECG function will result in unnecessary and potentially expensive trips to the doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room for otherwise healthy users.
Apple Watch is dangerous to your health. Says who?
Contrarians, mostly, but you get the idea, right? Information can be hazardous to your health and Watch has information that could cause doctors to worry that knowledge in the wrong hands could harm their profession.
Physicians are also concerned that some healthy patients — armed with data from devices like the Apple Watch — will insist on tests and procedures that the doctor might otherwise deem unnecessary, while also taking time away from patients with more-serious conditions.
Let’s run with the ignorance is bliss meme for awhile. What you don’t know can’t hurt you. If you have a heart condition and don’t know about it, then don’t buy a device than can show you anything about said heart condition because ignorance is bliss. So is death, apparently.
Watch is a dangerous device in the wrong hands, you know.
It could also induce higher levels of anxiety for those who receive a correct diagnosis, particularly in those cases when the prescribed treatment is merely to keep an eye on the condition.
Operative word there is could. Couple that with a might. I don’t have atrial fibrillation or any other heart disease that I’m aware of and Watch tells me that every day. My doctor told me, too, but to find it out cost more than Apple Watch. My father has AFib and when I put my Watch on his wrist and did an electrocardiogram it detected his AFib. He wasn’t worried or scared. He was impressed.
How is that kind of information bad for humankind? Well, it just is. Ignorance is bliss. Until you die of a disease you didn’t know about and could have learned about thanks to Apple Watch. Wait. Death might be blissful, too. Any other considerations of Watch tend to benefit the medical community and not the patient.