Garmin inks deal to bolster wearable technology’s health applications

Garmin has teamed up with the University of Kansas Medical Center to foster innovation and better understand how wearables can assist in the detection and management of significant medical conditions.

The partnership’s initial research will focus on sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation.

Garmin and KU Medical Center have begun work on multiple research projects combining the high-quality sensor data from Garmin devices and the health care expertise of KU Medical Center researchers.

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“Garmin Health is excited to work with a nationally-recognized institution like KU Medical Center that is on the forefront of digital health research,” said Scott Burgett, director of Garmin Health Engineering.

“As patients assume increased responsibility for their own health care, Garmin is committed to the development of wearables that can lead to the prevention or detection of serious health conditions. With long battery life, high water rating, and high-quality sensor data, we can provide meaningful features that will help reduce health care costs and provide useful functionality for everyday life.”

The Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Garmin Health provides enterprise solutions that leverage Garmin wearables and the sensor data they produce for use in the corporate wellness, population health, and patient monitoring markets.

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