ECG outside US - solutions wanted!

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  1. Kerry78 macrumors regular

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    Sounds like a good feature to have! But shame it is not available on other region watches except for America!
     
  2. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    I am just going to use common sense and assume that Apple is trying to get it approved everywhere. Why would they intentionally hold back their newest and most break thru feature? That doesn't make any sense.
     
  3. Rod1949 macrumors newbie

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    I watched Tim Cook do the dog and pony show about all the things the new Apple Watch was going to do including the ECG feature. I don’t remember him saying, “but only in the USA not Canada or anywhere else”. And when I bought my watch at the Apple store I was left with the impression the ECG app would be released in late 2018 or the 1st quarter of 2019 and it would be released in the US first but likely a few weeks later it would be available in Canada. I didn’t really care as I was leaving for the US so thought I would just be able to get the app when I got to the US, just like the Ralph’s app which isn’t available in Canada. I must admit I didn’t compare webs sites but still think I was sold a bit of a story because of the hype. If I had know I would have waited the 4 days and bought my Apple Watch when I arrived in Palm Springs, yes I bought the watch 4 days before coming to the US.
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    This is the latest news I could find, it’s from early Dec 2018
    https://www.iphoneincanada.ca/watch/health-canada-apple-watch-ekg/
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    I’ve been in the USA for 3 months and my Canadian watch doesn’t have the ECG app, I’ve got IOS 5.1.3 on my watch. Buy a watch in the USA and take it anywhere in the world and the ECG app works, buy a watch outside the USA and you don’t get the ECG app.
     
  4. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040

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    It’s a pretty absurd situation really. You buy the aw4 from the US and can use the ecg in any unapproved country. You buy your watch from outside the US but won’t be able to use the ect in the US. furthermore the small print says the Apple Watch isn’t a medical device. Why would they need approval then?
     
  5. brentc133 macrumors member

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    Your typical politics and bureaucracy.
     
  6. hull22 macrumors member

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    You just stumbled upon the next great Apple innovation, watch-based Electroconvulsive Therapy.
     
  7. Azathoth123 macrumors 6502

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    I’m waiting on Alternate Reality....
     
  8. r9800pro macrumors newbie

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    I got my AW4 just 5 days ago from brother in law who sent it to me in Egypt from Kuwait. Kuwait's sites have ECG feature advertised everywhere and I, too, was under the assumption Apple got all clearances done.

    I did an Angioplasty and stenting just 2 weeks ago and was really hoping for the ECG to help me.

    I was wondering if a Jailbreak for iOS 12.x.x is released soon, will it be easy to have the ECG app installed from the iPhone to the AW4 easily, or it is a definitive WatchOS limitation?

    If there is no way to get it, I guess my only option is to sell the IW4.
     
  9. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    Go to the US and buy your watch there. Presto.
     
  10. mrex, Feb 6, 2019
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    mrex macrumors 68030

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    apple had all the time to get all necessary approval far before product was released. it is already mentioned that apple hasnt even left applications in some countries when asked from the authority. i asked about it before xmas in my country, and they didnt find any documents about it.
     
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors G3

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    This is not a straight forward thing. It can take years. It’s a long processs.
     
  12. hull22 macrumors member

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    Why do you think your Apple Watch EKG is going to help you after coronary intervention? It's designed to look for atrial fibrillation not ischemic heart disease. Are you trained in reading EKGs otherwise?
     
  13. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    Given Apple's history in dealing with features depending on geographic locations, it can take years before the ECG appear in other countries (or never...). Even the HomePod, which only depends on localised Siri and Apple Music (i.e. not government approval), is only available in a few countries as of now...
     
  14. r9800pro macrumors newbie

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    I want to be able to check for any abnormalities and no, I can't read EKGs but I have doctor friends who can and it would be good to be able to share such data with them.
     
  15. hull22 macrumors member

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    I never order heart monitors after I have a patient receive a stent. It is of little benefit. More important that you take your medications and report symptoms of chest pain, etc. Need EKG findings will not be the thing to prompt further testing or concerns. People greatly misunderstand how EKGs are utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
     

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