The Apple Watch in medicine


I bought my wife a TomTom Touch recently and what a pile of garbage that turned out to be. The online reviews were mixed to say the least, but she liked the design and the TomTom name swayed me.

It will now be returned due to terrible connectivity, poor battery life and general inaccuracy. I don’t think I have ever seen a fitness tracker that manages to untick every box.

Anyway, we pondered what device would suit my wife because she has requirements that are not usual. She is a midwife and so cannot wear a watch while on duty, but she does have a requirement for a fob watch for checking heart rates etc.

In the past, she has used a FitBit which attaches to her bra to check steps etc or a Jawbone UP, but none of them were particularly great and they would tend to be forgotten about when work had finished.

So, we started to think about an Apple Watch and may have found the ideal solution for her. The fact that the straps can be so easily changed had not occurred to me in the past. It’s a novel feature which in her case serves a very useful purpose because she can use the straps backwards and attach one part of the sports strap to her uniform. This creates a fob watch that can be used to check heart rates, albeit with the need to possibly tap the screen to keep it alive, and in theory a device that will still check her movements (not heart rate of course).

When she finished her shift, she can simply attach the other side of the strap and she will be able to wear a watch again. Seems like a silly thing, but she spends most of her time not wearing a watch because she has to take it off for work, but the simple strap solution on the Apple Watch may help her get around that.

There is another benefit in that she will get notifications on her wrist which means she might actually answer her phone now and again instead of saying ‘oh, it was in my handbag’!!!

This is a bit of a nonsense article, but I am surprised that something like the Apple Watch could actually be a more practical solution for her than a dedicated fitness tracker and a fob watch.

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6 replies

  1. Would she not need to keep unlocking the Watch? Or else set it up without a PIN, which doesn’t sound like a great idea?

  2. A PIN on a watch? So does that mean you need to keep typing in your PIN every time you want to see what time it is? That sounds like a real hassle to me!

    • No – it just means that it locks once you remove it from your wrist, to prevent others from being able to see your data. You just unlock it once you put it on your wrist, and unlocking the linked iPhone does this unlocking over Bluetooth, so chances are you’ll never even notice the PIN is there on the Watch.

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