Munyaradzi Nigel Muchenje

7 months ago

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Is the blood oxygen tracking feature on the Apple Watch Series 6 medically accurate?

The blood oxygen tracking feature on the Apple Watch 6 is considered as a class 2 medical device according to The Verge.

Apple is not marketing the blood oxygen tracking feature as a medical feature because the measurements taken using blood oxygen tracking are not intended for medical use. It's designed for general fitness and wellness.

The Apple Watch Series 6 blood oxygen app does not provide insights into blood oxygen readings or even send alerts when a lower than normal blood oxygen level is detected.

It gets somehow pretty accurate measurements. A dedicated blood oxygen sensor is normally worn on your fingertip and it measures your blood oxygen level by shining a light through your fingertip and reading it on the other side.

The Apple Watch however sits on the back of your wrist so basically, it's shining into your wrist so it can't read from the other side and it's reading from the reflections. So it's difficult to get a much reliable reading this way.

So to answer the question, Is the blood oxygen tracking feature on the Apple Watch Series 6 medically accurate? It's nice to get readings when you go for a run or hiking but you don't have to take it medically serious or send it to your doctor. So no it's not medically accurate.

It's a great feature done by Apple. Well, then it's been a good one stay safe and be sure to read the next one.