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16 Minutes on the News #40: Apple and the ‘Doctor’s Office on a Wrist’

Rachel Kalmar, Vijay Pande, and Sonal Chokshi

Posted September 16, 2020

We cover the latest coming out of Apple’s event yesterday, focusing on their new watches (including a lower price model); new sensors (including blood oxygen); and services for healthcare. Is always-on, (relatively) low-cost, passive monitoring for fitness and mainstream consumers really, finally the wedge into data for clinical applications as well? What features — cost, efficacy, battery power, convenience, data, business model — do and don’t matter when it comes to filling in the gaps between the doctor’s office and our mobile selves, families, home care?

We take an, ahem, “pulse check” on where we are when it comes to the idea of the “doctor’s office on a wrist”. To help tease apart what’s hype/ what’s real here, as is the premise of this show, a16z bio general partner Vijay Pande and Rachel Kalmar chat for ~16ish minutes with host Sonal Chokshi. Where do Singapore’s initiatives with wearables (which we discussed in a previous episode) come in? What about data use by providers; what are the policy considerations? Data scientist (and former Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society fellow) Kalmar actually holds the world record for number of wearable sensors worn continuously, has been wearing all kinds of watches and wearables on her wrist for a long time, and has seen the industry evolve first hand, so shares her vantage points there as well.