Samsung Electronics is working with Boston-based Brigham & Women’s Hospital and other providers to research how smartwatches can improve clinical care.
The South Korea-based electronics company's smartwatches and wearables use biometric sensors to measure a person's body composition, sleep patterns, exercise levels and heart rate. Samsung is partnering with Brigham & Women's Hospital, New Orleans-based Tulane University School of Medicine, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its own Seoul, South Korea-based Samsung Medical Center to determine how these smartwatches can be used across a range of clinical areas.
Samsung announced these collaborations on Thursday at its developer conference in San Francisco.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital is working with Samsung to research how biometric data from smartwatches can measure a person's resilience, one's ability to bounce back from stress and their frailty, which is their vulnerability to stressors. Dr. Bruce Levy, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brigham & Women’s, said in a news release the two organizations are aiming to provide data that can map individual trajectories of recovery or deterioration.
Tulane University School of Medicine will use the smartwatch’s sensors to monitor a range of cardiovascular disease indicators. Samsung Medical Center will work with Samsung to develop advanced algorithms that can better monitor and give insights on someone's sleeping patterns as well as their heart and mental health.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab will work with the company on a project focused on how sleep affects someone's health. The goal of this collaboration is to create more personalized sleep interventions for people, MIT Media Lab professor Pattie Maes said in the release.
Samsung's healthcare push follows a larger trend from other consumer tech companies that are using smartwatches and wearables for clinical care. Google's Fitbit smartwatch can passively monitor wearers' heart rate data and detect atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heart rhythm. Apple's smartwatches have been used to study how healthcare workers respond to stress. Researchers at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City compared heart rate variability and participant surveys on perceived stress, resilience, emotional support, quality of life and optimism.