Healthwatch: Apple Watches Used in Hospitals

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People who pre-ordered the new Apple watches started receiving them last week. Some consider them the new must-have accessory, but not necessarily for the reason you might think. One New Orleans area man is hoping using this Apple each day will keep the doctor away.

Like his grandfather, father and brothers, Andres Rubiano has had high blood pressure for more than 20 years.  "Not knowing what was going on really and the fear of ending up like one of my relatives at some point that it is uncontrolled that I would end up with a stroke or heart attack."

But technology and a first of its kind program designed by Ochsner meant instead of getting a blood pressure reading in his doctor's office a few times a year, it's taken at home and sent by his cell phone several times a week to his physician. Any red flags and he's called to change medication or lifestyle.

"It really feels like someone is looking and that's a feeling I never had before."

Now the new Apple watch makes this program even better. Andres is the first Ochsner patient to use it. He'll get medication reminders with a  picture of the pill, feedback about potential side effects of a new medication, prescriptions refill reminders, and tracking and reminders about diet and exercise. Cardiologist Dr. Richard Milani says this helps patients contribute to their own better health.

"This watch gives us the opportunity to modify behavior which is really a key to trying to control high blood pressure so half the people with high blood pressure don't take their medications or don't take them on time."

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Sponsored by: Mercy Health System