The Apple Watch against sickle cell disease

The data collected by Apple's connected watch can help detect and treat the symptoms of the world's most common genetic disease in advance.

Based on biometric data collected by the Apple Watch, researchers at Duke University's Day Hospital have developed an algorithm that could help treat vasoocclusive crises, a complication caused by sickle cell disease, the most common genetic disease in the world .

The power of algorithms

Researchers fitted patients with connected watches to collect data such as heart rate, rhythm variations, and activity, cross-referenced with recordings from medical devices and patients' pain scores. The resulting algorithm can detect the warning signs of pain, thus treating it before it gets worse.