Most people are familiar with the phrase “An apple a day keeps the
This phrase first appeared in the mid 1800s, originating in Wales with
the following phraseology “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll
keep the doctor from earning his bread”. In the future, the phrase
may change yet again to “Apple replaces Doctors.”
In this last example, Apple is not the fruit variety, but the computer
company. Apple is moving into the health market by utilizing data collected
from Apple Watches to predict heart problems (more on that later). This
is just one example of how technology is impacting the world of medicine
today. Whether we are early adopters of technology or wary spectators,
medicine and technology are becoming partners.
The most obvious example of technology interfacing with medicine is the
Electronic Health Record (EHR).