• Did you order new AirTags? We've opened a dedicated AirTags forum.

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
52,500
14,197


Apple on Wednesday released watchOS 7 to the public, and the latest operating system for compatible Apple Watch models also brought ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications to users in Colombia, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates for the first time.

ecg-watch-person.jpg

‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4, 5, and 6 users can generate an ECG waveform in just 30 seconds by placing their finger on the Digital Crown. The idea is that you can take this information to your doctor, if the results are abnormal, and use it as a basis to discover if you have any larger issues at hand.

The irregular rhythm notification feature also intermittently checks heart rhythms in the background and sends a notification if an irregular heart rhythm is identified that could potentially be atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Atrial fibrillation is a health condition that often goes undiagnosed, so ECG app and heart rhythm alerts on Apple Watch will be highly useful for detecting early signs of disease. ECG readings also normally require a full ECG machine and a visit to the doctor, which is far less convenient than a reading taken with the Apple Watch.

Apple routinely has to gain approval from government health agencies before marketing the ‌Apple Watch‌'s ECG feature in different countries. Apple won U.S. FDA clearance to promote the function when the ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 4 launched in 2018.

Article Link: watchOS 7 Brings Apple Watch ECG Feature to Colombia, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates
 

PickUrPoison

macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
8,131
10,720
Sunnyvale, CA
They're never going to bring it to Australia are they 😔
It's great to see more countries getting that feature but poor Australia.
It’s coming, but it took legislative changes to make it happen (Thanks Tim Apple!)

Next year (March iirc) your TGA is finally updating the regulations that have prevented Australians from using the ECG and irregular rhythm notifications. With current rules/regs, neither the Watch nor any similar ECG devices were approvable.
 
Comment

PickUrPoison

macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
8,131
10,720
Sunnyvale, CA
But, what about [my country]?
It’s a legit question. I mean it’s great for those in countries where it’s already available, but what potential customers really want to know is when they themselves will be able to have these features that can save lives.
 
Comment

AussieStu

macrumors member
Feb 28, 2006
99
73
It’s coming, but it took legislative changes to make it happen (Thanks Tim Apple!)

Next year (March iirc) your TGA is finally updating the regulations that have prevented Australians from using the ECG and irregular rhythm notifications. With current rules/regs, neither the Watch nor any similar ECG devices were approvable.
So 2021 is the year we finally get that deature?? sweet
 
Comment

PickUrPoison

macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
8,131
10,720
Sunnyvale, CA
So 2021 is the year we finally get that deature?? sweet
Should be, although the implementation has already been delayed once due to Covid.

Here’s the link, the new regulations will take effect 25 February 2021. Hopefully device approvals aren’t too far behind. (The new rules were passed based on discussions with the public that began in late 2018, which was about the time Apple met with TGA.)

 
Last edited:
Comment

khunsanook

macrumors 6502
Jul 2, 2006
409
12
East Asia
Also still no Japan... despite of receiving final medical approval recently.

This was a disappointing surprise. After all that news about medical approval in Japan, I thought for sure watchOS 7 would bring ECG functionality. But I guess everyone in Japan can relate to how one stamp of approval is just a pass to the next stage of approvals...and faxes.
 
Comment

Da_Hood

macrumors member
Apr 18, 2017
61
54
Australia
It’s coming, but it took legislative changes to make it happen (Thanks Tim Apple!)

Next year (March iirc) your TGA is finally updating the regulations that have prevented Australians from using the ECG and irregular rhythm notifications. With current rules/regs, neither the Watch nor any similar ECG devices were approvable.
That policy change started well before ECG introduced to Apple Watch, but thank Tim all you like
 
  • Disagree
Reactions: DCW and AussieStu
Comment

BootLoxes

macrumors 6502a
Apr 15, 2019
519
610
This was a disappointing surprise. After all that news about medical approval in Japan, I thought for sure watchOS 7 would bring ECG functionality. But I guess everyone in Japan can relate to how one stamp of approval is just a pass to the next stage of approvals...and faxes.
I felt this on a spiritual level. Shikatanai my friend
 
Comment

miric

macrumors member
Sep 29, 2016
94
51
I’m still angry curious what government restrictions? Why it should depend from a government? It’s just a device feature which user can use or not and make some decisions to get to a doctor for consultation.
 
Comment

AussieStu

macrumors member
Feb 28, 2006
99
73
Hilarious, concerned enough about cardio vascular health, but would rather pay Au$700+for a device that "might" detect a problem rather than visit a GP for near free under medicare,WTF Straya.
I pay $100 for a Dr here in OZ. I'm a tax payer and not a leach on the taxpayer. So am I supposed to go to the Dr once a week or month in hope im ok? Why consume taxpayers money on your free Dr and a Free test paid on the backs of the Aussie worker when I have a watch with the hardware able to do the ECG in the first place?
[automerge]1600344303[/automerge]
it’s more Australia rules and government processes stopping Apple bring it
Apparently..
 
Comment

gussyboy

macrumors newbie
Jan 8, 2017
7
9
Melbourne, Australia
Taken from another site...


“If Apple claims the ECG function in its Apple Watch has therapeutic benefit for wearers, the watch would need to be included in the ARTG in order to be legally supplied in Australia,” a TGA spokesperson said to Gizmodo Australia, repeating the same statement it provided us in September 2019.

“TGA has not received any applications for products manufactured and/or supplied by Apple, nor is there any Apple device included on the ARTG.”

The Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) is a list showing which goods can be lawfully sold in the country. If a company intends to sell a medical or therapeutic product it needs to apply through the TGA for it to be legally sold. This is to stop snake oil salesmen fabricating medical products without governmental oversight.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Da_Hood
Comment

PickUrPoison

macrumors G3
Sep 12, 2017
8,131
10,720
Sunnyvale, CA
That policy change started well before ECG introduced to Apple Watch, but thank Tim all you like
Please share the info, I haven’t seen it.

PS re: your avatar, Mick Fleetwood and others in Fleetwood Mac were addicted to coke, not meth. Coke was everywhere in California in the late 70s/early 80s and was easy to get, and it was very high quality. Mick supposedly went though millions of dollars. This was before crack hit, they were just(!) snorting it.

Manufacture and distribution of speed was still mostly controlled by the Hells Angels throughout the 70s and not nearly as available unless you knew the right (wrong) people.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: citysnaps
Comment

woteva

macrumors newbie
Nov 26, 2019
2
0
To activate the ECG feature in Australia is pretty easy, have a look at Whirlpool or Reddit for instructions
 
Comment

bryn0076

macrumors regular
Apr 3, 2010
123
199
BNE
Should be, although the implementation has already been delayed once due to Covid.

Here’s the link, the new regulations will take effect 25 February 2021. Hopefully device approvals aren’t too far behind. (The new rules were passed based on discussions with the public that began in late 2018, which was about the time Apple met with TGA.)

Now that is a truly useful bit of info - cheers !
 
  • Like
Reactions: PickUrPoison
Comment

mavis

macrumors 601
Jul 30, 2007
4,312
671
Tokyo, Japan
Also still no Japan... despite of receiving final medical approval recently.
Indeed. I've been waiting two years for my AW4 to finally work as intended. And now I'm still waiting, despite the recent government approval ... :rolleyes:
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.