New study uses Apple Watch to collect data from people with epilepsy
Johns Hopkin's 'EpiWatch' will collect data through the open source ResearchKit framework designed by Apple. The data gathered by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to develop new methods for monitoring and managing epilepsy through technology.
The EpiWatch is most appropriate for people with epilepsy who may experience an “aura” that signals an oncoming seizure. When this warning symptom occurs, they can tap an icon on the watch face to activate it and then start recording their heart rate and movements. The watch also helps people with epilepsy track their seizures and possible triggers, medications and side effects. Users can review their data and compare their symptoms to others in their demographic with similar seizures. Take part in the study on Johns Hopkins Medicine's website.
Epilepsy Society's new smartphone app for Android and iPhone, with seizure diary and first aid information, is an interactive way to help people manage their epilepsy. Download the free epilepsy app